Perceptions about the local neighborhood and walking and cycling among children

Timperio, Anna, Crawford, David, Telford, Amanda and Salmon, Jo 2004, Perceptions about the local neighborhood and walking and cycling among children, Preventive medicine, vol. 38, pp. 39-47.

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Title Perceptions about the local neighborhood and walking and cycling among children
Author(s) Timperio, Anna
Crawford, David
Telford, Amanda
Salmon, Jo
Journal name Preventive medicine
Volume number 38
Start page 39
End page 47
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication New York, NY.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0091-7435
Keyword(s) environment
physical activity
walking
transport
children
perceptions
safety
Summary Background. This study examined associations between perceptions of the local neighborhood and walking and cycling among children. Methods. Children aged 5–6 years (n = 291) and 10–12 years (n = 919) were recruited from 19 Australian primary schools. Parents reported their child's usual walking or cycling to local destinations and their perceptions of their neighborhood. Ten- to twelve-year-olds were asked their perceptions of traffic, strangers, road safety and sporting venues, and their perceptions of their parent's views on these issues. Results. Five- to six-year-old boys whose parents believed there was heavy traffic in their area were 2.8 times more likely (95%CI = 1.1–6.8), and 5- to 6-year-old girls whose parents owned more than one car were 70% less likely (95%CI = 0.1–0.8), and whose parents believed that public transport was limited in their area were 60% less likely (95%CI = 0.2–0.9) than other children to walk or cycle at least three times per week. Parental belief that there were no lights or crossings was associated with walking or cycling among 10- to 12-year-old boys (OR = 0.4, 95%CI = 0.2–0.7). Among older girls, parent's belief that their child needed to cross several roads to reach play areas (OR = 0.4, 95%CI = 0.2–0.8) and that there is limited public transport in their area (OR = 0.7, 95%CI = 0.4–0.97), and child's belief that there were no parks or sports grounds near home (OR = 0.5, 95%CI = 0.3–0.8) were associated with a lower likelihood of walking or cycling. Conclusion. Perceptions of the local neighborhood may influence children's physical activity.


Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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