Regional variations in walking for different purposes : the south east Queensland quality of life study

Leslie, Eva, McCrea, Rod, Cerin, Ester and Stimson, Robert 2007, Regional variations in walking for different purposes : the south east Queensland quality of life study, Environment and behavior, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 557-577.

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Title Regional variations in walking for different purposes : the south east Queensland quality of life study
Author(s) Leslie, Eva
McCrea, Rod
Cerin, Ester
Stimson, Robert
Journal name Environment and behavior
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 557
End page 577
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2007-07-01
ISSN 0013-9165
1552-390X
Keyword(s) physical activity
walking
perceived convenience
built environment
sociodemographics
Summary Where people are located can influence behavioral choices and health outcomes through the effects of place on health. Walking is the most commonly reported form of nonoccupational and nonhousehold physical activity for adults. It is a behavior of particular interest to those in the transportation, urban planning, and public health fields. Researchers have examined patterns of walking from both an individual perspective (psychological and social factors) and from a broader community focus (location and built environment factors). The majority of studies have examined walking in the context of urban environments. Variations within regions (urban, periurban, and rural, for example) in walking have not been previously described. We use data from a regionally based quality of life survey to examine subregional variations in walking for particular purposes. Both the social and contextual variations that may underlie these differences are considered. This is useful in helping identify particular factors that may be further investigated in disaggregated analyses using GIS methods to identify specific differences in objective attributes between subregions that may influence peoples' choices to walk, such as walking infrastructure and the availability of destinations.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007207

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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