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Exploring the Seasonal Influences on Elementary Schoolchildren's Enjoyment of Physical Activity during School Breaks

Hyndman, Brendon, Chancellor, Barbara and Lester, Leanne (2015). Exploring the Seasonal Influences on Elementary Schoolchildren's Enjoyment of Physical Activity during School Breaks. Health Behavior and Policy Review,2(3):182-193.

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Title Exploring the Seasonal Influences on Elementary Schoolchildren's Enjoyment of Physical Activity during School Breaks
Author Hyndman, Brendon
Chancellor, Barbara
Lester, Leanne
Journal Name Health Behavior and Policy Review
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 3
ISSN 2326-4403   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 182
End Page 193
Total Pages 12
Publisher Paris Scholar Publishing Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Objectives:
The purpose of this study was to explore the seasonal influences on elementary school children's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks.

Methods: The Lunchtime Enjoyment of Activity and Play (LEAP) questionnaire and Physical Activity Children's Enjoyment Scale (PACES) were used to measure children's (N = 80) enjoyment of physical activity longitudinally during school breaks over 4 time points. Separate mixed regression models determined whether children's enjoyment differed by sex and over time.

Results:
Children's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks was significantly higher in March (autumn in the southern hemisphere) in comparison with time points later in the school year.

Conclusions:
The findings suggest strategies could be implemented by schools to maintain and enhance children's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks later in the year.
Keywords Elementary school
Enjoyment
Physical activity
Playgrounds
Recess
Social-ecological model
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.14485/HBPR.2.3.2   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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