Children's perceptions of the use of public open spaces for active free-play

Veitch, Jenny, Salmon, Jo and Ball, Kylie 2007, Children's perceptions of the use of public open spaces for active free-play, Children's geographies, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 409-422, doi: 10.1080/14733280701631874.

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Title Children's perceptions of the use of public open spaces for active free-play
Author(s) Veitch, JennyORCID iD for Veitch, Jenny
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie
Journal name Children's geographies
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Start page 409
End page 422
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-11
ISSN 1473-3285
Keyword(s) physical activity
public open spaces
Summary Activity performed by children in their free-time may have a significant impact on overall physical activity levels, however, very little is known about the influences on children's active free-play. To examine the role and use of public open spaces, 132 children (6-12 years) from a selection of primary schools participated in small focus group interviews. Children reported that their use of public open spaces was influenced by a combination of intrapersonal, social and environmental factors including; the play equipment and facilities at local parks, lack of independent mobility, urban design features, presence of friends, and personal motivation.
Notes This is an electronic version of an article published in Children's Geographies, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 409-422.Children's Geographies is available online at:
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14733280701631874
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, Taylor & Francis
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