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Australian children's independent mobility levels: secondary analyses of cross-sectional data between 1991 and 2012

Schoeppe, Stephanie, Tranter, Paul, Duncan, Mitch J., Curtis, Carey, Carver, Alison and Malone, Karen 2016, Australian children's independent mobility levels: secondary analyses of cross-sectional data between 1991 and 2012, Children's geographies, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 408-421, doi: 10.1080/14733285.2015.1082083.

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Title Australian children's independent mobility levels: secondary analyses of cross-sectional data between 1991 and 2012
Author(s) Schoeppe, Stephanie
Tranter, Paul
Duncan, Mitch J.
Curtis, Carey
Carver, AlisonORCID iD for Carver, Alison orcid.org/0000-0001-5166-3574
Malone, Karen
Journal name Children's geographies
Volume number 14
Issue number 4
Start page 408
End page 421
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1473-3285
1473-3277
Keyword(s) unsupervised travel
active transport
prevalence
trend
young people
Summary This study investigated changes in Australian children's independent mobility levels between1991 and 2012. Data from five cross-sectional studies conducted in 1991, 1993, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were analysed. Parent and child surveys were used to assess parental licences for independent mobility and actual independent mobility behaviour in children aged 8–13 years. Findings show declines in the proportion of young children (≤10 years of age) being allowed to travel home from school alone (1991: 68%, 1993: 50%, 2010: 43%, 2011: 45%, 2012: 31%) and travel on buses alone (1991: 31%, 1993: 15%, 2010: 8%, 2011: 6%, 2012: 9%). Furthermore, the proportion of children travelling independently to school decreased (1991: 61%, 1993: 42%, 2010: 31%, 2011: 32%, 2012: 32%). Significantly fewer girls than boys travelled independently to school at each time point (p ≤ .001). Overall, the findings suggest that Australian children's independent mobility levels declined between 1991 and 2012.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14733285.2015.1082083
Field of Research 1604 Human Geography
160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor and Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080425

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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