Journal article

The effect of siblings and family dog ownership on children's independent mobility to neighbourhood destinations

Hayley E Christian, Karen Villanueva, Charlotte D Klinker, Matthew W Knuiman, Mark Divitini, Billie Giles-Corti

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of sibling age, gender and dog ownership on children's independent mobility and how this varies according to the destination visited. METHODS: Parents reported whether their child had an older sibling; if the child and older sibling were of the same gender; the number of older siblings; if they owned a dog; and whether their child was allowed to independently travel to school, friends' or family house, park/oval/sporting field and local shop. Data were analysed for 181 children aged 8-15 years. RESULTS: The strongest significant sibling effect for independently mobility to school, local shop and ≥3 destinations was for having an older sibling of the same ..

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Grants

Awarded by Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC


Funding Acknowledgements

The RESIDE II Study was funded by a grant from the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (18921). The first author is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship (1036350) and the last author is supported by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow Award (1004900). Mrs Claire Lauritsen coordinated data collection and Ms Pulan Bai provided administrative assistance.