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Table 1 Characteristics of participants

From: Adolescents’ ratings of features of parks that encourage park visitation and physical activity

  Overall Male Female P*
Age (n = 99, mean [SD]) 13.3 [±0.87] 14.28 (±0.86) 14.33 (±0.91) ns
Sex (n = 97, %) - 47.4 52.6  
School attended (n = 97, %)
 Low SES 26.3 23.9 29.4 0.018
 Mid SES 34.3 23.9 45.1  
 High SES 39.4 52.2 25.5  
Usual frequency of park visit in the past 3 months (n = 97, %)
  ≥ Once per week 38.5 45.6 29.4 ns
 2–3 times per month 16.2 13.0 19.6  
  ≤ Once per month 33.4 28.2 39.2  
 Have not visited a park in the past 3 months 12.1 13.0 11.8  
Usual duration of park visit in the past 3 months (n = 81, %)
  < 30 min 16.0 16.2 16.7 ns
 30–59 min 37.0 32.4 40.5  
 1 to <2 h 34.6 45.9 23.8  
 2 or more hours 12.3 5.4 19.1  
Usual accompaniment (n = 97, %)a
 Alone 12.1 10.9 13.7 ns
 Adult family members 30.3 28.3 31.4  
 Brothers or sisters 27.3 21.7 33.3  
 Friends 43.4 43.5 45.1  
 Organised group 12.1 17.4 5.9  
 Dog 23.2 19.6 23.5  
 Other 5.1 2.2 7.8  
Time taken to walk from home to nearest park (n = 84, %)
 1–5 mins 47.7 46.2 48.9 ns
 6–10 mins 25.6 23.1 26.7  
 11–20 mins 17.4 23.1 13.3  
 21+ mins 4.7 2.6 6.6  
 Don’t know 4.7 5.1 4.4  
Time taken to walk from home to park visited most often (n = 81, %)
 1–5 mins 28.9 26.3 30.2 ns
 6–10 mins 20.5 21.1 20.9  
 11–20 mins 20.5 21.1 20.9  
 21+ mins 16.8 18.5 14.0  
 Don’t know 13.3 13.2 14.0  
Dog ownership (n = 82, %) 52.4 44.7 56.8 ns
  1. aMultiple responses allowed *Chi-square tests of independence used to compare characteristics between males and females; ns denotes not significant