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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of adolescents and family (n = 343)

From: Family and home correlates of television viewing in 12–13 year old adolescents: The Nepean Study

Variable Prevalence N
Age (year; mean ± SD) 12.9 ± 0.21 343
Boys 49.6% 170
Family characteristics   
Dual parent 88% 301
Mother in full time paid employment 24% 57
Father in full time paid employment 81% 243
Siblings 93% 320
Socioeconomic status   
   Low 10% 34
   Middle 65% 224
   High 25% 85
Time spent watching television/video/DVDs   
Boys   
   Hours per day (mean ± SD) 2.5 ± 1.3 170
   ≥ 2 hours/day (%) 66% 112
Girls   
   Hours per day (mean ± SD) 2.6 ± 1.3 173
   ≥ 2 hours/day (%) 66% 114
Mother   
   Hours per day (mean ± SD) 1.4 ± 1.3 340
   ≥ 2 hrs/day 27% 93
Father   
   Hours per day (mean ± SD) 1.8 ± 1.4 295
   ≥ 2 hrs/day 41% 122
Home television environment   
Number of TV sets in the home (mean ± SD) 2.9 ± 1.6 343
Video recorder 98% 337
DVD player 52% 179
Television in the bedroom 36% 124
Pay television 26% 90