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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of the sample

From: Physical inactivity, non-participation in sports and socioeconomic status: a large population-based study among Norwegian adolescents

  Girls Boys p
  (N = 4317) (N = 3766)  
Age M = 17.49 (SD = 0.85) M = 17.45 (SD = 0.84) 0.042
Ethnicity    0.099
 Non-EU/EEA 117 (2.7%) 107 (2.9%)  
 EU/EEA 117 (2.7%) 75 (2.0%)  
 Norway 4022 (94.5%) 3540 (95.1%)  
Family economic well-being    < 0.001
 Poorer than others 339 (8.0%) 218 (5.9%)  
 Equal to others 2909 (68.6%) 2310 (62.4%)  
 Better than others 994 (23.4%) 1171 (31.7%)  
Family structure    0.778
 Not single parent 3241 (83.9%) 2787 (83.7%)  
 Single parent 620 (16.1%) 544 (16.3%)  
Family education    0.412
 Basic 238 (5.5%) 187 (5.0%)  
 Intermediate 1633 (37.8%) 1463 (38.8%)  
 Higher 2446 (56.7%) 2116 (56.2%)  
Family work status    0.893
 Out-of-work (both parents) 55 (1.3%) 43 (1.2%)  
 Out-of-work (one parent) 243 (5.7%) 211 (5.8%)  
 Work (both parents) 3950 (93.0%) 3394 (93.0%)  
School program    < 0.001
 General studies 2745 (63.9%) 2028 (54.1%)  
 Vocational studies 1552 (36.1%) 1719 (45.9%)  
Physical activity    < 0.001
 0–1 times a week 1156 (27.9%) 720 (20.6%)  
 2–3 times a week 1550 (37.4%) 1090 (31.1%)  
 4–5 times a week 964 (23.3%) 925 (26.4%)  
 6–7 times a week 474 (11.4%) 767 (21.9%)  
Individual sports participation    < 0.001
 Don’t engage in this activity 2495 (60.1%) 2146 (61.1%)  
 2–3 times a month or less 374 (9.0%) 324 (9.2%)  
 One day a week 502 (12.1%) 275 (7.8%)  
 Twice a week or more 777 (18.7%) 769 (21.9%)  
Team sports participation    < 0.001
 Don’t engage in this activity 3013 (72.7%) 2056 (58.3%)  
 2–3 times a month or less 244 (5.9%) 264 (7.5%)  
 One day a week 239 (5.8%) 285 (8.1%)  
 Twice a week or more 647 (15.6%) 924 (26.2%)  
  1. EU European Union. EEA European Economic Area