Shared Patterns of Daily Occupations among Parents of Children Aged 4-6 Years Old with Obesity
2012 (English)In: Journal of Occupational Science, ISSN 1442-7591, Vol. 19, no 3, 241-257 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The prevalence of childhood obesity is increasing and is associated with howfamilies manage their daily occupations. Previous studies suggest that it shouldbe possible to identify patterns of daily occupations that promote health andprevent illness. However, it is unknown how family members’ patterns areshared. This study aimed at gaining knowledge about parents’ shared patternsof daily occupations. Thirty parents enrolled in a randomized controlled trialinvolving parents of children aged 46 years old with obesity, were included.The study used a mixed methods design. Data from time-geographical diariesdescribing daily occupations on one ordinary weekday were collected. Asequential exploratory strategy design was used, with qualitative andquantitative data analysis. Four main groups of family types were identified:the togetherness focused family, the child focused family, the individual focusedfamily and the parent-child focused family. These groups’ shared patterns of dailyoccupations differed in terms of divisions of household work, paid work andthe amount of time spent together as a family. The results highlight andgenerate a new understanding of how parents’ shared patterns of dailyoccupations are shaped in families.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2012. Vol. 19, no 3, 241-257 p.
occupational patterns, childhood obesity, time-geographical method, family life
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90458DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2012.687685OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-90458DiVA: diva2:613419