An Analysis of the Social Context of Children’s Discretionary Activity Participation

This paper examines the discretionary time-use of children, including the social context of children’s participations. Specifically, the paper examines participation and time investment in in-home leisure as well as five different types of out-of-home discretionary activities: shopping, social, meals, passive recreation, and active recreation. In addition, the social context of children’s activity participation is examined by focusing on the accompanying individuals in children’s participations. The accompanying arrangement is classified into one of six categories: alone, with only mother, with only father, with only both mother and father, with only others (no parents), and with parents and others. The utility-theoretic Multiple Discrete-Continuous Extreme Value (MDCEV) is employed to model time-use in one or more activity purpose-company type combinations. The data used in the analysis is drawn from the 2002 Child Development Supplement (CDS) to the U.S. Panel Study Income Dynamics (PSID). The results show the important need to recognize the social context of activity participation within the framework of activity-based travel modeling. To our knowledge, the research in this paper is the first transportation-related study to rigorously and comprehensively analyze the social dimension of children’s activity participation.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 33p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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  • Accession Number: 01047486
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-2821
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 7:31PM