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JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting (JPP) is a new sister journal of JMIR (the leading open-access journal in health informatics (Impact Factor 2017: 4.671), with a unique focus on technologies, medical devices, apps, engineering, informatics applications for patient/parent education in pediatrics, training/counselling and behavioral interventions, preventative interventions and clinical care for children and adolescent populations or child-parent dyads. JPP recognizing that pediatrics in the 21st century should be a participatory process, involving parents and informal caregivers, and using information and communication technologies.
As an open access journal, we are read by clinicians and patients alike and have (as all JMIR journals) a focus on readable and applied science reporting the design and evaluation of health innovations and emerging technologies. We publish original research, viewpoints, and reviews (both literature reviews and medical device/technology/app reviews).
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Background: Most children do not engage in enough exercise at the recommended intensity. Using technological devices might increase the time children spend at greater intensities while exercising. Obj...
Background: Most children do not engage in enough exercise at the recommended intensity. Using technological devices might increase the time children spend at greater intensities while exercising. Objective: To determine if children receiving instant feedback of their exercise intensity, via technology, would spend more time in moderate-vigorous intensity (≥70% of maximum capacity) during active play sessions. We also aimed to explore if the children’s physical characteristics were associated with the average percentage of maximal HR reached during sessions. Methods: Twenty children aged 5 to 11 years received feedback for two random sessions and did not for the other two out of 15 possible active play sessions. When receiving feed-back, color-coded intensity based on heart rate (HR) was projected onto a wall; green corresponded to moderate intensity (≥70% of max HR) and red corresponded to a HR below moderate intensity. Age, anthropometric measures, muscle strength, body composition, physical activity level and fitness level were measured. Results: The average percentage of maximal HR during a session was not different when having feedback or not (70.7 ± 6.4% vs. 71.1 ± 4.1%; P=0.93). No personal characteristics were associated with the average intensity recorded during the exercise sessions. Conclusions: Receiving instant exercise intensity feedback is not associated with a greater proportion of time spent at moderate intensity or above in children aged 5 to 11 years when involved in an active play program. Personal characteristics are not associated with the intensity recorded when participating in
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Background: Concern over childhood obesity has driven research to focus on prevention and intervention strategies to curb the epidemic. Parental factors like efficacy have gained attention as this con...
Background: Concern over childhood obesity has driven research to focus on prevention and intervention strategies to curb the epidemic. Parental factors like efficacy have gained attention as this concept is grounded in behavioral change research. Studies have linked self-efficacy to improved child health behaviors like eating a more nutritious diet and engaging increased physical activity. This leads to a need to examine parental efficacy literature to examine its relationship to childhood obesity. Objective: This review sought to understand how parental self-efficacy has been described in the literature, what scales have been used to measure it, and if it is linked to improvements in child weight or health outcomes. Methods: Six databases including the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, CINAHL, PubMed, Psychinfo, EBSCOhost, and Onesearch were searched for original research studies examining parental self-efficacy and child health measures like diet, activity, or weight. Results: Only 16 articles were found that met criteria. This limited research did showcase that higher parental self-efficacy levels are linked to positive effects, especially regarding improved child diet. There is also evidence of an inverse relationship between higher self-efficacy and lower child weights and higher self-efficacy and improved child activity levels, though this was not uniformly found. This review also showcased significant variance in how self-efficacy is measured and how it is used within studies. Conclusions: Connections between parental self-efficacy and child healthy behaviors has been established in multiple studies. However, this remains an under-examined area that needs further study to understand how it can be used to improve interventions.