2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Do Kids Really Change Everything? Comparison of Physical Activity Levels among Women With and Without Children in the Home
Morgan N. Clennin
Dr. Jennifer R. Hurst, Faculty Mentor

Past research suggests women are more likely to be chronically time pressured, which the presence of children exacerbates (Gunthorpe & Lyons, 2004). The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of having children in the home on womens physical activity levels. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire, a life priorities questionnaire, and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ)-Long Form. To isolate the potential influence of children in the home, a sample of women reporting children in the home (n = 70) was matched demographically with women reporting no children in the home (n = 70). Additionally, almost equal percentages in both groups indicated that physical activity was a priority. A MANOVA indicated no differences between the two groups when exploring differences in physical activity levels. These results contradict past research suggesting. However, when considering the percentage of women indicating physical activity as a life priority, results potentially support research emphasizing the prioritization of responsibilities and time as a greater influence on participation (Miller & Brown, 2005).

Keywords: Caregiver Role , Physical Activity , Women , Life Priorities

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 46-1
Location: VH 1000
Time: 1:15

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