Self-proxy agreement and weekly school travel behaviour in a sectarian divided society

Kamruzzaman, Md. & Hine, Julian (2013) Self-proxy agreement and weekly school travel behaviour in a sectarian divided society. Journal of Transport Geography, 29, pp. 74-85.

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Proxy reports from parents and self-reported data from pupils have often been used interchangeably to identify factors influencing school travel behaviour. However, few studies have examined the validity of proxy reports as an alternative to self-reported data. In addition, despite research that has been conducted in a different context, little is known to date about the impact of different factors on school travel behaviour in a sectarian divided society. This research examines these issues using 1624 questionnaires collected from four independent samples (e.g. primary pupils, parent of primary pupils, secondary pupils, and parent of secondary pupils) across Northern Ireland. An independent sample t test was conducted to identify the differences in data reporting between pupils and parents for different age groups using the reported number of trips for different modes as dependent variables. Multivariate multiple regression analyses were conducted to then identify the impacts of different factors (e.g. gender, rural–urban context, multiple deprivations, and school management type, net residential density, land use diversity, intersection density) on mode choice behaviour in this context. Results show that proxy report is a valid alternative to self-reported data, but only for primary pupils. Land use diversity and rural–urban context were found to be the most important factors in influencing mode choice behaviour.

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ID Code: 56802
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: School travel behaviour, Self-proxy agreement, Convergent validity, Multivariate analysis, Sectarian division, Northern Ireland
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.01.002
ISSN: 1873-1236
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Transport Planning (120506)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Transport Geography. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Transport Geography, [VOL 29, (2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.01.002
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2013 03:51
Last Modified: 02 May 2016 07:01

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