Residential proximity to school and the active travel choices of parents

Cole, Rachel, Leslie, Eva, Donald, Maria, Cerin, Ester and Owen, Neville 2007, Residential proximity to school and the active travel choices of parents, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 127-134.

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Title Residential proximity to school and the active travel choices of parents
Author(s) Cole, Rachel
Leslie, Eva
Donald, Maria
Cerin, Ester
Owen, Neville
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 127
End page 134
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication West Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2007-08
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) Physical activity
Summary Issue addressed: Walking for transport can contribute significantly to health-enhancing physical activity. We examined the prevalence and duration of walking to and from school, together with perceived influences on doing so, among parents of primary school children. Methods: Questionnaires were completed by parents from four primary schools (one government and three private) located in south-east Queensland (n=559; 40% response rate). Results: Eighteen per cent of parents reported walking for at least 10 minutes during journeys to school. Significantly greater proportions of parents with only one car in their household, with a child who attended a government school, with no driver’s licence, who had less than 11 years of education, and lived within two kilometres of the school walked for at least 10 minutes during the school journey. Factors perceived by parents most strongly to influence walking to school were: being physically active; safety concerns for the child walking alone; not having to park; walking being the child’s preferred option; too much motor vehicle traffic; and their child’s age and level of road sense. Conclusions: Despite the overall low prevalence of walking to school by parents, health-enhancing benefits may be achieved even when other modes of transport are used in conjunction with walking.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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