Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examining Parental Understanding and Response to the Fourth- and Fifth-grade FITNESSGRAM® Parent Report
by Stewart, James Thomas J.T., Ed.D., Piedmont College, 2015, 367; 10008706
Abstract (Summary)

With childhood obesity rates soaring in the United States, the state of Georgia implemented the SHAPE Law (Georgia General Assembly [GGA], 2010). Using FITNESSGRAM® as a means to track student fitness measures and raise parental awareness, this study examined parental understanding of, and response to the fourth- and fifth-grade FITNESSGRAM® Parent Report. A cross-sectional survey of fourth- and fifth-grade parents in a large Georgia suburban school district was conducted to capture parental reactions. Part I included questions about the FITNESSGRAM® Parent Report and Part II, the Modified BASS, included questions about parental barriers to physical activity support. Parent responses came primarily from higher socioeconomic clusters; therefore, few respondents reported any difficulty reading or understanding the FITNESSGRAM® Parent Report. Parent/child conversations were reported by two-thirds of the respondents with most discussing FITNESSGRAM®, the importance of fitness, lifestyle changes, or praise. Agreement with the findings of the FITNESSGRAM ® Report was high within this fourth- and fifth-grade parent sample. Parental barriers to physical activity support were relatively low based on a Modified BASS score. However, a principal component analysis provided evidence related to the validity of the interpretations that can be drawn from responses to the barrier questions used in this study from the original BASS Scale.

The FITNESSGRAM® Report provides parents with important health-related information about their child’s fitness abilities. The FITNESSGRAM® Report can be a useful tool to start health-related conversations between parents and their children.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Moody, Michael
Commitee: Jarrett, Kimothy, Jordan, Joan
School: Piedmont College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Georgia
Source: DAI-B 77/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Kinesiology, Health education
Keywords: Body mass index, Conversation, Fitnessgram, Parental agreement, Parental awareness, Parental barriers
Publication Number: 10008706
ISBN: 978-1-339-45429-0
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