An analysis of the determinants of youth's weekend physical activity participation

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2005-12-24

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Copperman, Rachel Batya Anna, 1982-

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This thesis examines the out-of-home, weekend, time-use patterns of children and adolescents aged 5 through 17 years, with a specific emphasis on their physical activity participation. The impact of several types of factors, including individual and household demographics, neighborhood demographics, built environment characteristics, and activity day variables, on physical activity participation is analyzed using a joint nested multiple discrete-continuous extreme value-binary choice model. The sample for analysis is drawn from the 2000 San Francisco Bay Area Travel Survey. The model developed in the paper can be used to assess the impacts of changing demographics and built environment characteristics on youth’s physical activity levels

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