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Table 2 Recess time spent at different physical activity levels according to sex and socioeconomic status (%, mean ± SD)

From: Objectively assessed recess physical activity in girls and boys from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds

  Sex SES Interaction
  Boys (n = 182) Girls (n = 179) low-SES (n = 197) high-SES (n = 164) Sex*SES
Sedentary 38.6 ± 12.3 46.1 ± 10.7*** 41.8 ± 11.1 42.9 ± 13.3 ns
LPA 29.6 ± 6.2 30.7 ± 6.1 32.1 ± 5.6°°° 27.6 ± 5.9 ns
MPA 12.3 ± 4.9*** 10.5 ± 4.8 10.2 ± 3.6 12.8 ± 5.8°°° p < 0.05
VPA 5.6 ± 4.1*** 4.2 ± 3.2 3.5 ± 2.2 6.5 ± 4.5°°° p < 0.001
VHPA 14.1 ± 6.7*** 9.0 ± 5.4 12.4 ± 5.4°° 10.7 ± 7.7 ns
VPA + VHPA 19.7 ± 8.2*** 13.2 ± 6.2 15.9 ± 6.3 17.2 ± 9.5 p < 0.05
MVPA 32.1 ± 11.1*** 23.7 ± 9.1 26.1 ± 8.6 30.1 ± 12.9°°° p < 0.01
  1. SES: socio economic status; high-SES: high socio-economic status; low-SES: low socio-economic status; LPA: light physical activity; MPA: moderate physical activity; VPA: vigorous physical activity; VHPA: very high physical activity; MVPA: moderate to very high physical activity.
  2. ***: significantly different between boys and girls at p < 0.001. °°: significantly different between high-SES and low-SES at p < 0.01; °°°: at p < 0.001.