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Individual, social and environmental correlates of active school travel among adolescents in India

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posted on 15.10.2020, 00:00 authored by A Kingsly, Anna TimperioAnna Timperio, Jenny VeitchJenny Veitch, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, R Pradeepa, H Ranjani, R M Anjana
Active School Travel (AST) is an important domain for physical activity among adolescents; however, few studies in India have explored barriers or correlates of AST. This was a cross-sectional study of 324 adolescents aged 12–17 years recruited via households and schools from diverse areas of Chennai, India. Adolescents reported their mode of travel to school, neighbourhood correlates, and the barriers for AST. Adolescents were considered to be using AST to/from school if they walked/cycled ≥once/week during an average week. Half the adolescents usually performed AST (≥1 trip/week). School being too far was associated with 75% lower odds and parents not allowing their child to walk or cycle was associated with 82% lower odds of the adolescent performing AST to or from school at least once/week. AST among adolescents should be encouraged and there is considerable scope for improvement. Parental restriction and distance to school were the two strongest barriers for AST.

History

Journal

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

17

Issue

20

Article number

7496

Pagination

1 - 13

Publisher

MDPI

Location

Basel, Switzerland

ISSN

1661-7827

eISSN

1660-4601

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2020, The Author(s)