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Table 3 Factors associated with time spent playing outside on bi-variate analysis

From: Time spent playing outdoors after school and its relationship with independent mobility: a cross-sectional survey of children aged 10–12 years in Sydney, Australia

  Time spent playing outside Chi-Square
P value
  > 0.5 hour
N (%)
< 0.5 hour
N (%)
 
Independence    
   Mostly 427 (53%) 179 (37%) 44.58
P < 0.001
   Sometimes 273 (34%) 177 (37%)  
   Never 103 (13%) 124 (26%)  
Neighbourhood Safety    
   Safe 494 (61%) 269 (56%) 3.42
P = 0.06
   Not sure or not safe 320 (39%) 216 (45%)  
Child's Gender    
   Girl 434 (52%) 271 (54%) 0.64
P = 0.43
   Boy 405 (48%) 231 (46%)  
School Year    
   Year 5 423 (50%) 265 (53%) 0.646
P = 0.42
   Year 6 416 (50%) 238 (47%)  
Language spoken at home    
   English 550 (65%) 239 (47%) 40.457
P < 0.001
   Other 298 (35%) 267 (53%)  
Career    
   Mother 668 (80%) 393 (79%) 0.781
P = 0.38
   Father 153 (18%) 88 (18%)  
   Other 13 (2%) 15 (35)  
Employment Status    
   Full-time & part time 597 (71%) 311 (62%) 11.852
P < 0.001
   Other 239 (29%) 188 (38%)  
Parent Education    
   Primary and some high school 108 (11%) 77 (14%) 1.545
P = 0.214
   Completed high school 227 (22%) 108 (20%)  
   Technical certificate or diploma 243 (24%) 148 (27%)  
   University/other tertiary degree 436 (43%) 220 (40%)  
Living with Partner    
   Yes 602 (84%) 348 (83%) 0.35
P = 0.56
   No 113 (16%) 72 (17%)  
Time Living in Area    
   Less than one year 88 (11%) 48 (10%) 4.14
P = 0.04
   From 1–2 yrs 89 (11%) 65 (13%)  
   From 2–5 yrs 142 (17%) 102 (20%)  
   From 5–10 yrs 190 (235) 135 (27%)  
   More than 10 yrs 331 (39%) 149 (30%)  
Number of Children    
   1 200 (24%) 136 (27%) 3.56
P = 0.06
   2 396 (48%) 243 (49%)  
   3 177 (21%) 97 (19%)  
   4+ 54 (7%) 23 (5%)