Qualitative Iranian study of parents' roles in adolescent girls' physical activity habit development.

Nursing & health sciences

PubMedID: 23302074

Hosseini SV, Anoosheh M, Abbaszadeh A, Ehsani M. Qualitative Iranian study of parents' roles in adolescent girls' physical activity habit development. Nurs Health Sci. 2013;.
Parents are likely to be key influences on children's physical activity behaviors, although it is not clear how. This study was designed to explore parents' roles in Iranian adolescent girls' physical activity habit development. A qualitative study was conducted by means of semistructured one-to-one interviews with 25 participants, including 16 adolescent girls (10-19 years of age), seven mothers, and two fathers. Content analysis was applied. Two main themes emerged as parental role in adolescent girls' physical activity behavior: developing interest in physical activity (making children familiar with physical activity, discovering talents, and role modeling) and providing support to adolescents for physical activity (material and immaterial). This study provided a better understanding of how Iranian parents influence their children's physical activity behavior. This will enable nurses to design more effective family-based interventions.