Objective versus perceived walking distances to destinations : correspondence and predictive validity

McCormack, Gavin, Cerin, Ester, Leslie, Eva, Du Toit, Lorinne and Owen, Neville 2008, Objective versus perceived walking distances to destinations : correspondence and predictive validity, Environment and behavior, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 401-425, doi: 10.1177/0013916507300560.

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Title Objective versus perceived walking distances to destinations : correspondence and predictive validity
Author(s) McCormack, Gavin
Cerin, Ester
Leslie, Eva
Du Toit, Lorinne
Owen, Neville
Journal name Environment and behavior
Volume number 40
Issue number 3
Start page 401
End page 425
Total pages 25
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 0013-9165
Keyword(s) physical activity
Summary Judgments concerning features of environments do not always correspond accurately with objective measures of those same features. Moreover, perceived and objectively assessed environmental attributes, including proximity of destinations, may influence walking behavior in different ways. This study compares perceived and objectively assessed distance to several different destinations and examines whether correspondence between objective and perceived distance is influenced by age, gender, neighborhood walkability, and walking behavior. Distances to most destinations close to home are overestimated, whereas distances to those farther away are underestimated. Perceived and objective distances to certain types of destinations are differentially associated with walking behavior. Perceived environmental attributes do not consistently reflect objectively assessed attributes, and both appear to have differential effects on physical activity behavior.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0013916507300560
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017076

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