Impact of Family, Culture, and the Environment on Hispanic Children's Leisure Activity

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303862
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Impact of Family, Culture, and the Environment on Hispanic Children's Leisure Activity
Author(s):
Anderson, Sue A.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha
Author Details:
Sue A. Anderson, PhD, FNP-BC, sanderso@iusb.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Purpose:

The purpose of this study was to develop an understanding of the motivators and influences on Hispanic children's leisure activities. Two overarching questions were investigated:' 1: How do Hispanic families describe leisure time activities? and 2: How do culture, family, and the community environment influence a Hispanic child's participation in leisure time activities?

Methods:

This ethnographic study engaged 10 English-speaking Hispanic mothers of children aged 6-10 as data collectors. Participants photographed their children's leisure activities and then engaged in photo-elicited interviews about those activities. 'Data analysis followed the Developmental Research Sequence suggested by Spradley. However, participants performed initial data analysis by card sorting their photographs into categories of activities.'

'Results:

The participants immigrated to provide a better life for their families. In order to live a better life, the children needed to become multicultural navigators. However, life in the U.S. created tensions between the need to work and maintaining gender roles, cultural identity, and an acceptable family life. These tensions served as a catalyst for many of the leisure activities, which were aimed at promoting the multiple dimensions of their children's health. Many of the children's activities were sedentary.' Ultimately, the participants used the children's leisure time as the time to prepare them to live a better life; one that is balanced, happy, healthy, and successful.

Conclusion:

These results indicate that tensions experienced by immigrants may have a profound influence on leisure activities. Furthermore, the participants had a multidimensional definition of health. While the children in this study were sedentary, the activities were considered as important for all dimensions of their health. Health promotion advice that focuses on the physical dimension of health may not resonate with the Hispanic community. An understanding of the cultural definition of health and the motivations for leisure activity serves as a starting point for culturally-relevant intervention development.

Keywords:
Hispanic children; Leisure Activity; Childhood obesity
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleImpact of Family, Culture, and the Environment on Hispanic Children's Leisure Activityen
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Sue A.en
dc.contributor.departmentAlphaen
dc.author.detailsSue A. Anderson, PhD, FNP-BC, sanderso@iusb.eduen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303862-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> <p>The purpose of this study was to develop an understanding of the motivators and influences on Hispanic children's leisure activities. Two overarching questions were investigated:' 1: How do Hispanic families describe leisure time activities? and 2: How do culture, family, and the community environment influence a Hispanic child's participation in leisure time activities? <p><b>Methods: </b> <p>This ethnographic study engaged 10 English-speaking Hispanic mothers of children aged 6-10 as data collectors. Participants photographed their children's leisure activities and then engaged in photo-elicited interviews about those activities. 'Data analysis followed the Developmental Research Sequence suggested by Spradley. However, participants performed initial data analysis by card sorting their photographs into categories of activities.' <p>'<b>Results: </b> <p>The participants immigrated to provide a better life for their families. In order to live a better life, the children needed to become multicultural navigators. However, life in the U.S. created tensions between the need to work and maintaining gender roles, cultural identity, and an acceptable family life. These tensions served as a catalyst for many of the leisure activities, which were aimed at promoting the multiple dimensions of their children's health. Many of the children's activities were sedentary.' Ultimately, the participants used the children's leisure time as the time to prepare them to live a better life; one that is balanced, happy, healthy, and successful. <p><b>Conclusion: </b> <p>These results indicate that tensions experienced by immigrants may have a profound influence on leisure activities. Furthermore, the participants had a multidimensional definition of health. While the children in this study were sedentary, the activities were considered as important for all dimensions of their health. Health promotion advice that focuses on the physical dimension of health may not resonate with the Hispanic community. An understanding of the cultural definition of health and the motivations for leisure activity serves as a starting point for culturally-relevant intervention development.en
dc.subjectHispanic childrenen
dc.subjectLeisure Activityen
dc.subjectChildhood obesityen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:24:39Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:24:39Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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