Parental perceptions of barriers to active commuting to school in Spanish children and adolescents

In order to promote active commuting to school, understanding parental barriers is crucial, due to the influence of parental perceptions on how young people commute. Parental barriers to active commuting to school among children and adolescents in Spain, as well as their association with gender and the usual mode of commuting, was the subject of this study. A paper-based questionnaire focused on perceived parental barriers to active commuting to school and mode of commuting was completed by parents of children (n=628) and parents of adolescents (n=151) from Granada (Spain). Using the Chi-square test, data was analyzed. The most common barriers reported by parents of children, among the Spanish parents, were dangerous intersections and traffic volume; while parents of adolescents reported dangerous intersections and distance to school as the most common barriers. A greater proportion of parents of adolescents reported distance to school and crime, as compared to parents of children, a smaller proportion of which reported traffic volume as barriers to active commuting to school. Crime was more commonly reported as a barrier by parents of girls, among parents of children. While children and adolescents both experienced some barriers, as reported by parents of passive commuters, such as absence of a policeman at crosswalks and distance to school, there were other barriers that were specific to parents of children. For children, the primary parental barriers to active commuting were dangerous intersections and traffic volume; however dangerous intersections and distance were the main barriers for adolescents. Children's age, mode of commuting to school, and gender influence parental barriers to active commuting among Spanish parents.

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    • Huertas-Delgado, Francisco Javier
    • Herrador-Colmenero, Manuel
    • Villa-Gonzalez, Emilio
    • Aranda-Balboa, Maria Jesus
    • Caceres, Maria Victoria
    • Mandic, Sandra
    • Chillon, Palma
  • Publication Date: 2017

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  • Accession Number: 01671792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2018 2:51PM