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Table 2 Characteristics of Home physical activity environment by education and income

From: Home environment relationships with children’s physical activity, sedentary time, and screen time by socioeconomic status

Characteristic Education Income
Items in child’s bedroom Low Med High p Low Med High p
(% yes) N=165 N=279 N=261 N=67 N=218 N=428
TV 45% 16% 11% <.001 52% 25% 14% <.001
DVD/VCR 34% 16% 12% <.001 39% 21% 14% <.001
Computer 16% 12% 13% NS 10% 13% 14% NS
Video game system 23% 9% 8% <.001 21% 15% 9% .004
Hand held video game player 57% 59% 52% NS 46% 55% 58% NS
* MEDIA SCORE(0-5) 1.7(1.4) 1.1(1.1) 1.0 (1.1) <.001 1.7 (1.4) 1.3 (1.3) 1.1 (1.2) <.001
Play equipment available at or around home (% yes)         
PORTABLE         
Bike 93% 97% 98% .025 85% 95% 98% <.001
Jump rope 75% 81% 83% NS 69% 78% 83% .02
Sports equipment (balls/bats/etc) 94% 97% 97% NS 91% 95% 98% .002
Roller skates, skateboard, scooter 82% 89% 83% NS 78% 83% 87% NS
*PORTABLE EQUIP SCORE (0-4) 3.4(0.8) 3.6(0.6) 3.6(0.6) .01 3.2(1.0) 3.5(0.7) 3.7(0.6) <.001
FIXED         
Basketball hoop 54% 60% 60% NS 48% 56% 62% NS
Swimming pool 52% 55% 47% NS 55% 46% 53% NS
Fixed play equipment (court, pool) 56% 64% 61% NS 55% 60% 63% NS
* FIXED EQUIP SCORE (0-3) 1.6 (1.0) 1.8(1.0) 1.7(1.0 NS 1.6(1.0) 1.6(0.9) 1.8(1.0) NS
ACTIVE VIDEO GAMES 56% 46% 48% NS 51% 47% 50% NS
Parent rules enforced (% yes)         
SAFETY RULES         
Stay close to house/parent 86% 81% 82% NS 90% 87% 80% .02
Do not go into street 79% 68% 74% .029 84% 77% 69% .01
Do not ride bike on street 69% 57% 55% .008 73% 61% 55% .02
Do not cross busy streets 96% 91% 89% NS 96% 90% 92% NS
*SAFETY RULES SCORE (0-4) 2.4(0.9) 2.1(1.0) 2.1(1.0) .01 2.5(0.8) 2.3(1.0) 2.0(1.0) <.001
MEDIA RULES         
No TV/computer before homework 83% 72% 79% .035 87% 71% 78% .02
<2 hours TV/computer per day 70% 70% 76% NS 78% 63% 76% .002
*MEDIA RULES SCORE (0-2) 1.5(0.6) 1.4(0.7) 1.5(0.7) NS 1.6(0.5) 1.3(0.8) 1.5(0.6) <.001
Screen time with (mean days/week, SD)         
Siblings 3.5 (2.6) 3.5(2.6) 3.1(2.5) NS 3.3(2.7) 3.5(2.7) 3.3(2.6) NS
Parent/caregiver 2.9 (2.5) 2.8(2.5) 2.3(2.2) .02 3.1(2.7) 3.0(2.5) 2.5(2.2) .02
How often does an adult in the household (mean days/week, SD)         
Watch child playing sports/PA* 3.1 (2.4) 2.8(2.2) 2.6(2.0) NS 2.9(2.5) 2.8(2.2) 2.8(2.1) NS
Encourage sports/PA* 4.5(2.4) 4.6(2.3) 4.6(2.3) NS 4.3(2.6) 4.4(2.4) 4.7(2.3) NS
Provide transport to sports/PA* 2.7 (2.3) 2.8(2.1) 3.0(2.0) NS 2.3(2.0) 2.8(2.2) 2.9(2.0) NS
Do sports/PA with child 2.0(2.1) 2.0(1.8) 1.9(1.6) NS 2.4(2.4) 2.0(1.8) 1.9(1.7) .05
*PARENT SUPPORT 3.4(1.8) 3.4(1.8) 3.4(1.7) NS 3.2(1.9) 3.3(1.8) 3.5(1.7) NS
How often do your child’s siblings/ friends do sports/PA with child (mean days/week, SD) 3.2(2.4) 3.6(2.2) 3.3(2.2) NS 3.7(2.6) 3.3(2.3) 3.4(2.2) NS