Table 1

Variables examined

Variable

Sweep of data collection

Units of analysis


Demographic variables

Sex

First

Male or female

Ethnic Group

First

White, Asian (includes Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other Asian), African (includes Black Caribbean, Black African, Other Black)

Number in household

First

Number reported

Socio-economic variables

Family Income

First

Per annum:

<£10,400,

£10,400 - £20,800

>£20,800

Highest academic qualification

First

None, GCSE/O'level, A'level, University degree or higher

Access to car or van

Second

Yes or no

In work

Third

Yes or no

Housing/Area

Good area to raise children

Third

Poor, good or excellent

Area/setting

First and second

Urban, town or village

Type of accommodation

Second and third

House/bungalow or Flat/maisonette

Access to garden

First, second and third

Yes or no

Perceived safety of area

Third

Safe, moderate, unsafe

Parental factors

Age of respondent

Third

Age reported

Respondent general health

Third

Excellent, very good, good, fair or poor

Anyone smoke near child

Third

Yes or no

Child factors

BMI of child

Third

BMI score reported

Parental assessment child behaviour (SDQ)

Third

SDQ score reported

Bracken score

Second

Bracken score reported


Exercise outside school at a club or class

Third

1 = Once a week, 0 = Less than once a week

Walk or cycle to school

Third

Yes or no

Sport with parent

Third

1 = Once a week, 0 = Less than once a week

Plays physically active games with parent

Third

1 = Once a week, 0 = Less than once a week

Go to playground with parent

Third

1 = Once a week, 0 = Less than once a week

Hours television watched per day

Third

Less that 3 hours or more than 3 hours


Brophy et al. BMC Public Health 2011 11:14   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-14

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