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Table 2 Descriptive statistics of childhood temperament and adolescent physical activity variables

From: Childhood temperament predictors of adolescent physical activity

  Overall (N = 206) Males (N = 89) Females (N = 117) Sex Differencea
Variable M SD M SD M SD  
Childhood (4/5 years)
 SES 41.89 9.79 42.68 9.10 41.21 10.34  
 TAL 4.96 0.70 5.15 0.64 4.80 0.72 **
 HIP 5.11 0.74 5.31 0.73 4.95 0.72 **
 LIP 5.49 0.58 5.27 0.57 5.67 0.52 **
 SUR 4.87 0.64 5.01 0.66 4.74 0.60 **
Adolescence (15/16 years)
 Strenuous PAb 3.22 3.05 4.11 3.67 2.53 2.29 **
 Godin Score 51.84 38.91 61.01 47.75 44.91 29.17  
 BMI 24.15 6.20 24.02 6.42 24.24 6.06  
 Days of PAc %   %   %   
 0 days 16.9   12.5   20.0  
 1-4 days 35.0   31.8   36.0   
 5-7 days 48.1   55.7   44.0   
  1. p < .10, *p < .05, **p < .01; PA = Physical activity; SES = Socioeconomic status; TAL = Temperamental activity level; HIP = High intensity pleasure; LIP = Low intensity pleasure; SUR = Surgency; a independent-samples t-test, except where noted; bresults of t-test did not substantively differ whether variable was raw or winsorized; cWilcoxon-Mann—Whitney U test statistic