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dc.creatorOluyomi, Abiodunen
dc.creatorLee, Chanamen
dc.creatorNehme, Eileenen
dc.creatorDowdy, Dianeen
dc.creatorOry, Marcia G.en
dc.creatorHoelscher, Deanna M.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-15T17:10:53Zen
dc.date.available2014-12-15T17:10:53Zen
dc.date.issued2014-03-06en
dc.identifier.citationOluyomi, Abiodun O., Chanam Lee, Eileen Nehme, Diane Dowdy, Marcia G. Ory, and Deanna M. Hoelscher. “Parental Safety Concerns and Active School Commute: Correlates across Multiple Domains in the Home-to-School Journey.” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 11, no. 1 (March 6, 2014): 32. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-32.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/27946en
dc.descriptionAbiodun O. Oluyomi, Eileen Nehme, and Deanna M. Hoelscher are with The Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, UT School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Austin, TX USA -- Chanam Lee is with the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Architecture, Texas AM University, College Station, TX USA -- Diane Dowdy and Marci G. Ory are with the School of Rural Public Health, Texas AM Heaen
dc.description.abstractBackground: Empirical evidence of the relationship between safety concerns and walking to school (WTS) is growing. However, current research offers limited understanding of the multiple domains of parental safety concerns and the specific mechanisms through which parents articulate safety concerns about WTS. A more detailed understanding is needed to inform environmental and policy interventions. This study examined the relationships between both traffic safety and personal safety concerns and WTS in the U.S. Methods: This cross-sectional analysis examined data from the Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE) project, an evaluation of state-wide obesity prevention policy interventions. All study data were from the survey (n = 830) of parents with 4th grade students attending 81 elementary schools across Texas, and living within two miles from their children's schools. Traffic safety and personal safety concerns were captured for the home neighborhood, en-route to school, and school environments. Binary logistic regression analysis was used to assess the odds of WTS controlling for significant covariates. Results: Overall, 18% of parents reported that their child walked to school on most days of the week. For traffic safety, students were more likely to walk to school if their parent reported favorable perceptions about the following items in the home neighborhood environment: higher sidewalk availability, well maintained sidewalks and safe road crossings. For the route to school, the odds of WTS were higher for those who reported "no problem" with each one of the following: traffic speed, amount of traffic, sidewalks/pathways, intersection/crossing safety, and crossing guards, when compared to those that reported "always a problem". For personal safety in the en-route to school environment, the odds of WTS were lower when parents reported concerns about: stray or dangerous animals and availability of others with whom to walk. Conclusions: Findings offered insights into the specific issues that drive safety concerns for elementary school children’s WTS behaviors. The observed associations between more favorable perceptions of safety and WTS provide further justification for practical intervention strategies to reduce WTS barriers that can potentially bring long-term physical activity and health benefits to school-aged children.en
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dc.language.isoEnglishen
dc.publisherInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activityen
dc.rightsAdministrative deposit of works to UT Digital Repository: This works author(s) is or was a University faculty member, student or staff member; this article is already available through open access at http://www.biomedcentral.com. The public license is specified as CC-BY: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. The library makes the deposit as a matter of fair use (for scholarly, educational, and research purposes), and to preserve the work and further secure public access to the works of the University.en
dc.subjectactive communting to schoolen
dc.subjectwalking to schoolen
dc.subjectchild pedestrianen
dc.subjecttraffic-safetyen
dc.subjectpersonal safetyen
dc.subjectcrime safetyen
dc.subjectpedestrian safetyen
dc.subjectenvironmental perceptionen
dc.subjectsafe routes to schoolen
dc.titleParental safety concerns and active school commute: correlates across multiple domains in the home-to-school journeyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.description.departmentPublic Healthen
dc.description.catalogingnoteAbiodun.O.Oluyomi@uth.tmc.eduen
dc.identifier.Filename1479-5868-11-32.pdfen
dc.identifier.doidoi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-32en


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