Mismatch between perceived and objective measures of physical activity environments

Ball, Kylie, Jeffery, Robert W., Crawford, David A., Roberts, Rebecca J., Salmon, Jo and Timperio, Anna F. 2008, Mismatch between perceived and objective measures of physical activity environments, Preventive medicine, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 294-298.

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Title Mismatch between perceived and objective measures of physical activity environments
Author(s) Ball, Kylie
Jeffery, Robert W.
Crawford, David A.
Roberts, Rebecca J.
Salmon, Jo
Timperio, Anna F.
Journal name Preventive medicine
Volume number 47
Issue number 3
Start page 294
End page 298
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication San Diego, Calif.
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 0091-7435
1096-0260
Keyword(s) women
physical activity
perceptions
objective audits
built environment
recreational facilities
Summary Objectives : This study investigated the correspondence between measures of physical activity facilities obtained through self-report and objective audits; and identified the socio-demographic, cognitive and behavioral characteristics of those who perceive their physical activity environment to be less supportive than objective measures indicate.
Methods : Self-report surveys were completed by 1540 women recruited from 45 neighborhoods in Melbourne, Australia. Women reported perceived access to physical activity facilities within 2 km from home, and also socio-demographic, cognitive and behavioral factors. Objective data on physical activity facilities within a 2 km pedestrian catchment area around women's homes were sourced.
Results : There was relatively poor agreement between measures of access to physical activity facilities obtained via self-report and objective assessment. Mismatch between perceived and objectively-assessed environments was more common amongst younger and older women, and women of low income, with low self-efficacy for physical activity, who were less active, who reported using fewer facilities and who had lived in the neighborhood for less than 2 years.
Conclusions : Future studies of environmental determinants of physical activity should consider incorporating objective indices of access to facilities, or accounting for the systematic bias that may result from relying on self-report perceptions as an indicator of the actual physical activity environment.
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
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017816

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