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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Supervisor

Dr. Patricia Tucker

Abstract

Being active offers many physical and emotional benefits contributing to a higher health-related quality of life (HRQOL); however, this relationship remains unexplored among preschoolers. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the Supporting Physical Activity in the Childcare Environment intervention on preschoolers’ HRQOL. Childcare centres were randomized to the experimental (n = 11) or control (n = 11) condition and preschoolers’ HRQOL was measured using the parent-report Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 (three subscales: physical, psychosocial, and total) at baseline and at 8-weeks. Three univariate ANCOVAs were conducted to compare HRQOL (experimental and control) pre- and post- intervention. Across all three subscales, preschoolers’ HRQOL decreased in the experimental group, although no observed changes were statistically significant (p > .05). Although these results were not significant, and surprising, additional research exploring preschoolers’ HRQOL is necessary to clarify the impact of physical activity participation.


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