Nicola Fa'Avale

Doctor of Philosophy
Study Completed: 2017
College of Health


Thesis Title
Samoan Kids in the City: The Impact of Samoan Parenting Practices on Samoan Children's Independent Mobility and Physical Activity

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Children's independent mobility, defined as unsupervised play and travel, is an essential component of physical activity for children. Mrs Fa'avale investigated the impact of Samoan parenting practices on their children's independent mobility and physical activity. She found that cultural perceptions influenced Samoan parents' decisions about with whom and where they allowed their children to go unsupervised. Parents reported valuing collective activities with family and church and these collective activities often involved physical activity. Her research concluded that independent mobility was not an effective tool for measuring Samoan children's physical activity levels because children were encouraged and motivated by their parents and 'aiga (extended family) to participate in collective activities.

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