FSD3307 Child Barometer 2018

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  • Office of Ombudsman for Children
  • State Youth Council
  • National Sports Council
  • Finnish Youth Research Network


childhood, children, exercise (physical activity), hobbies, leisure time, physical activities, preschool children, sport


The study charted how 6-year-old Finnish children exercised and spent their leisure time. Both the children and their parents were interviewed for the study. The study was funded by the State Youth Council.

First, the parents were asked about their children's hobbies, participation in instructed activities during leisure time and the amount of exercise they got. Reasons behind the child not exercising (e.g. they did not like exercise, had no time or had a fear of not succeeding) were also charted. The parents whose children did exercise were asked whether various statements corresponded to their children's exercise activities and hobbies, for example, whether the child found it fun and found friends through the hobby and whether the instruction was of good quality educationally. Views were also charted on what the parents thought the children's hobbies should be like by presenting the same statements as in the previous question. Finally, the parents were asked to evaluate how much they paid for their children's exercise activities and hobbies per month.

After the parents had completed their survey, the children were interviewed. They were asked how they exercised, what was fun about exercising and how they would want to exercise. The children's opinions on good exercise places were also charted, as well as whether they thought competing with others was fun. The children's leisure time was examined with questions concerning what they liked or did not like to do on the weekends. They were also asked whether the exercise activities and hobbies their parents had mentioned were fun for them, whether they had friends and whether they wanted to have more friends.

The background variables included the child's mother tongue, age and area of residence, as well as the parents' level of education, financial circumstances and the number of children and parents/guardians in the family.

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