Walking to school: distribution by age, sex and socio-economic status

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Title Walking to school: distribution by age, sex and socio-economic status
Author Spallek, Melanie; Turner, Catherine; Spinks, Anneliese; Bain, Chris; McClure, Rod
Journal Name Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Abstract ISSUE ADDRESSED: The aims of this study were to examine route to school, distance and mode of transport for primary school-aged children in Brisbane, and to quantify the exposure to risk of pedestrian injury by the sociodemographic characteristics of the children. METHODS: This study was part of a longitudinal cohort study of 871 Brisbane families with children aged 4-12 years that aimed to quantify the relationship between socio-economic status and childhood injury. Mode of transport to school and socio-demographic characteristics of children were obtained from a questionnaire completed at baseline by each child's primary carer. Route to school and distance travelled were recorded at the baseline interview on scaled geographical maps. RESULTS: Being driven by car was the predominant mode of transport to school (75%) and from school (72%), with the prevalence decreasing with the age of the child. The mean distance travelled to school was 3.8 kilometres (km), with 50% of children travelling between 1.25 km and 4.5 km. For children who walked to school, exposure to pedestrian injury risk was similar by gender, increased with age and was inversely related to household income and the primary carer's education level. CONCLUSION: The majority of children aged 5-12 live close to school but only a small minority of students walk the distance. Walking to school was least common in children from higher socio-economic backgrounds.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.healthpromotion.org.au/
Volume 17
Issue Number 2
Page from 134
Page to 138
ISSN 1036-1073
Date Accessioned 2007-03-05
Date Available 2009-12-16T07:11:39Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Epidemiology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/14163
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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