A Telephone-Assisted Planning Intervention to Promote Parental Support for Physical Activity Among Children and Youth With Disabilities
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Enhanced parental support could increase physical activity (PA) among children and youth with disabilities (CYD). The multi-process action control (M-PAC) model highlights behavioral strategies such as action planning (AP) as critical in facilitating parental support. There is no known research examining AP as a tool to promote parental PA support among parents of CYD. Purpose: Evaluate a telephone-assisted AP intervention for promoting parental PA support. Method: Parents of CYD were randomized to a telephone-assisted AP intervention (n= 28) or no-support control group (n= 29). Results: Compared to the no-support control group, parents who received the telephone-assisted AP intervention were 80% more likely to action plan. A significant time x condition interaction was found for behavioural strategies (i.e., planning, monitoring) (F(1,36)= 4.14, p= .049). Conclusion: Parents in the telephone-assisted AP intervention increased behavioural strategies to support their childs PA, which suggests AP support may enhance AP and parent support for PA.