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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 12  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 372 - 381

Children’s indoor and outdoor play patterns in Ahwaz city: implications for injury prevention

Soori H.    

Abstract: A cross-sectional study in Ahwaz city, Islamic Republic of Iran, described children's indoor and outdoor play patterns. A total of 952 pupils aged 7 and 9 years and 942 parents completed questionnaires. Children's favourite activities were: playing football [22.3%], cycling [13.2%] and watching television [12.3%]. This differed from those perceived by the parents who reported watching television [20.3%], playing football [13.3%] and playing in street [11.4%]. Children reported their favourite places to play were: street [27.4%], park/playground [18.3%] and home [17.8%]. There were significant differences in play patterns by age and sex. The play patterns of older children and boys exposed them to more hazardous situations than younger children and girls.

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