Playing it safe : the influence of neighbourhood safety on children's physical activity − A review

Carver, Alison, Timperio, Anna and Crawford, David 2008, Playing it safe : the influence of neighbourhood safety on children's physical activity − A review, Health & place, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 217-227.

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Title Playing it safe : the influence of neighbourhood safety on children's physical activity − A review
Author(s) Carver, Alison
Timperio, Anna
Crawford, David
Journal name Health & place
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 217
End page 227
Total pages 11
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication [Kidlington, England]
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 1353-8292
1873-2054
Keyword(s) children
adolescents
physical activity
neighbourhood
safety
risk
Summary Compared with previous generations, children spend less time playing outdoors and have lower participation rates in active transport. Many studies have identified lack of neighbourhood safety as a potential barrier to children's physical activity. This review describes concerns regarding ‘stranger danger’ and road safety, and discusses empirical studies that examine associations between neighbourhood safety and physical activity among youth. Variability of perceptions of safety between parents and youth are examined; ‘social traps’ are identified; and physical/social environmental interventions aimed at improving neighbourhood safety are discussed. A research agenda is suggested for further study of perceived and objective measures of neighbourhood safety and their associations with children's physical activity.
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
Copyright notice ©2008, Pergamon
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017732

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