Perceptions of neighborhood safety and physical activity among youth : the CLAN study

Carver, Alison, Timperio, Anna and Crawford, David 2008, Perceptions of neighborhood safety and physical activity among youth : the CLAN study, Journal of physical activity & health, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 430-444.

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Title Perceptions of neighborhood safety and physical activity among youth : the CLAN study
Author(s) Carver, AlisonORCID iD for Carver, Alison
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David
Journal name Journal of physical activity & health
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Start page 430
End page 444
Total pages 15
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1543-3080
Keyword(s) children
physical activity
built environment
Summary Background: The purpose of this study was to examine associations between perceptions of neighborhood safety and physical activity among youth. Methods: We completed a cross-sectional study of children age 8 to 9 years (n = 188) and adolescents age 13 to 15 years (n = 346) in areas of varying socioeconomic status in Melbourne, Australia. Parents and adolescents completed questionnaires on perceptions of neighborhood safety. Scores were computed for perceptions of road safety, incivilities, and personal safety of the child or adolescent. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) before or after school, on evenings, and on weekends was recorded using accelerometers. Results: There were no associations between parental perceptions of neighborhood safety and children’s MVPA outside school hours. Parental perception of personal safety was positively associated with adolescent boys’ MVPA after school. Adolescent girls’ concern about road safety was negatively associated with their MVPA during evenings and outside school hours. Conclusion: Perceptions of neighborhood safety might influence physical activity among youth in different ways according to age group and sex.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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