ERIC Number: EJ1020274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Relative Weights of the Backpacks of Elementary-Aged Children
Bryant, Benjamin P.; Bryant, Judith B.
Journal of School Nursing, v30 n1 p19-23 Feb 2014
The purpose of the study was to describe the range of relative backpack weights of one group of elementary-aged children and the extent to which they exceeded recommended levels. A second purpose was to explore whether gender and age help predict the relative weight of children's backpacks. Ninety-five 8- to 12-year-old elementary school students (56% girls; 88% car or bus riders) participated. Their school backpacks were weighed, and their age, gender, and mode of transportation to school were recorded. Only 40% of the sample carried backpacks that were less than 10% of their body weights. Five percent of the students' backpacks exceeded 20% of their body weights. Neither age group nor gender significantly predicted relative backpack weight or relative weight levels. Recommendations are made for ways to reduce the weight these young children carry.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Gender Differences, Body Weight, Age Differences, Child Health, Predictor Variables, School Nurses, Statistical Analysis, Safety, Injuries, Prevention
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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