Associations between the home yard and preschoolers' outdoor play and physical activity

Armstrong, G, Maitland, C, Lester, L, Trost, S, Trapp, G, Boruff, B, Al Marzooqi, M and Christian, H 2019, 'Associations between the home yard and preschoolers' outdoor play and physical activity', Public Health Research and Practice, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 1-9.


Document type: Journal Article
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Title Associations between the home yard and preschoolers' outdoor play and physical activity
Author(s) Armstrong, G
Maitland, C
Lester, L
Trost, S
Trapp, G
Boruff, B
Al Marzooqi, M
Christian, H
Year 2019
Journal name Public Health Research and Practice
Volume number 29
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Sax Institute
Abstract Objectives and importance of study: Young childrens outdoor play mostly occurs within the home-yard space, yet the influence of the home yard on preschoolers outdoor play and physical activity is poorly understood. We investigated the relationships between home-yard features and home-based outdoor play and physical activity in preschoolers (25 years old). Study type: Cross-sectional observational study. Methods: The PLAY Spaces and Environments for Childrens Physical Activity (PLAYCE) study (20152017) included 1596 children aged 25 years attending early childhood education and care (ECEC) services throughout metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. In this study, a subsample of 224 parents from the PLAYCE study completed an online questionnaire about home-yard features (yard size, lawn quality, natural features, fixed and portable play equipment, and flowers and vegetables/herbs). Accelerometers measured the duration of preschoolers moderatevigorous physical activity (MVPA) on non-ECEC days. Parent-reported outdoor play at home, sociodemographic factors and social environment factors were collected via the PLAYCE parent survey. Multiple linear regression models were used to determine associations between home-yard features and preschoolers outdoor play and physical activity. Results: Children spent 68.9 (SD 2.2) minutes playing outdoors in the home yard per day, and 93.3 (SD 37.1) minutes in MVPA per day on non-ECEC days. After adjusting for child and parent factors, home-yard features positively associated with outdoor play included yard size, lawn quality, number of types of fixed and portable play equipment, natural features and play areas (all p ≤ 0.05). When all significant home-yard features were placed in a model, only the number of types of fixed play equipment was positively associated with minutes of outdoor play per day (β = 5.3, p < 0.001). After adjusting for sociodemographic factors, the number of types of portable play equipment in the yard was
Subject Health Promotion
Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.17061/phrp2911907
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ISSN 2204-2091
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