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Table 2 Frequencies of parent and peer physical activity support, by demographic characteristics, TX SPAN 8th and 11th grade students, 2009–2011

From: Parental and peer social support is associated with healthier physical activity behaviors in adolescents: a cross-sectional analysis of Texas School Physical Activity and Nutrition (TX SPAN) data

  Perceived Parental Disapproval for not exercising Parental Physical Activity Support Peer Physical Activity Support Screen-time Moderate Physical Activity Vigorous PA Physical Activity Score
Not Upset Upset Mean Mean <  2 h/day ≥ 2 h/day Less than 5 days/wk 5 or more days/wk Less than 3 days/wk 3 or more days/wk Mean
Gender, %
 Male 50.4 49.6 5.6 6.4 14.8*** 85.2 37.8** 62.2 21.5*** 78.5 −13.23
 Female 56.0 44,0 5.44 5.6 24.4 75.6 51.4 48.6 32.7 67.3 −12.36
Grade, %
 8th 45.9*** 54.1 5.9 5.9 14.7 85.3 43.8 56.2 26.9 73.1 −12.97
 11th 62.1 37.9 5.0 6.1 25.1 74.9 45.3 54.7 27.1 72.9 −12.62
Ethnicity, %
 White/Other 55.8 44.2 5.3 5.8 23.2 76.8 41.4* 58.6 23.1 76.9 −10.69
 African-American 61.0 39.0 6.2 6.8 13.6 86.4 40.3 59.7 26.6 73.4 −11.56
 Hispanic 48.3 51.7 5.5 5.8 18.2 81.8 48.5 51.5 30.5 69.5 −15.08
BMI Classification, %
 Healthy Weight 58.8*** 41.2 5.2 5.9 20 80 40.4** 59.6 25.5 74.5 −10.63
 Overweight 43.7 56.3 5.9 6.1 19.4 80.6 48.0 52.0 27.2 72.8 −13.48
 Obese 44.2 55.8 5.9 6.1 18.3 81.7 53.4 46.6 30.9 69.1 −18.21
Parent Education, %
 Some College or more 52.5 47.5 6.1 6.3 15.9 84.1 39.9* 60.1 25.4 74.6 −10.35
 High School or less 52.1 47.9 5.2 5.8 14.5 85.5 50.7 49.3 29.7 70.3 −14.31
Socioeconomic Status, %
 Highest Tertile 48.5 51.5 5.4 5.8 17.9 82.1 54.7* 45.3 33.5* 66.5 −16.67
 Middle Tertile 56.5 43.5 5.3 6.1 23.8 76.2 39.1 60.9 23.5 76.5 −9.05
 Lowest Tertile 53.2 46.8 5.7 6.0 15.5 84.5 43.1 56.9 26.1 73.9 −13.75
 TOTAL 53.2 46.8 5.7 6.4 19.5 80.5 44.5 55.5 27.0 73.0 −12.81
  1. Note: Pearson chi-square tests and t-tests were calculated to determine differences by categorical and continuous demographic variables, respectively. *P < 0·05, **P < 0·01, ***P < 0·001