Associations between physical activity parenting practices and adolescent girls' self-perceptions and physical activity intentions

J Phys Act Health. 2014 May;11(4):734-40. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2012-0034. Epub 2013 Apr 5.


Background: The current study investigated cross-sectional associations between maternal and paternal logistic and modeling physical activity support and the self-efficacy, self-esteem, and physical activity intentions of 11- to 12-year-old girls.

Methods: 210 girls reported perceptions of maternal and paternal logistic and modeling support and their self-efficacy, self-esteem and intention to be physically active. Data were analyzed using multivariable regression models.

Results: Maternal logistic support was positively associated with participants' self-esteem, physical activity self-efficacy, and intention to be active. Maternal modeling was positively associated with self-efficacy. Paternal modeling was positively associated with self-esteem and self-efficacy but there was no evidence that paternal logistic support was associated with the psychosocial variables.

Conclusions: Activity-related parenting practices were associated with psychosocial correlates of physical activity among adolescent girls. Logistic support from mothers, rather than modeling support or paternal support may be a particularly important target when designing interventions aimed at preventing the age-related decline in physical activity among girls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dancing* / physiology
  • Dancing* / psychology
  • England
  • Family
  • Father-Child Relations
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Mothers
  • Motor Activity*
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self Efficacy
  • Social Support*