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Adolescent’s cultural identity and neighbourhood environment

Xu, Leilei 2011, Adolescent’s cultural identity and neighbourhood environment, in Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Deakin University, School of Architecture & Building, Geelomg, Vic., pp. 278-287.

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Title Adolescent’s cultural identity and neighbourhood environment
Author(s) Xu, Leilei
Conference name Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia International Conference : Architecture @ the Edge (2011 : Geelong, Vic.)
Conference location Geelong, Australia
Conference dates 18-21 Sep. 2011
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
Editor(s) Elkadi, Hisham
Xu, Leilei
Coulson, James
Publication date 2011
Conference series Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia International Conference
Start page 278
End page 287
Total pages 442
Publisher Deakin University, School of Architecture & Building
Place of publication Geelomg, Vic.
Keyword(s) adolescents
identity
culture
cultural group
Summary Objective: this study aims to find out how adolescents in Australia identify themselves culturally, and how adolescents from different cultural groups differ in their assessments of their neighbourhood environments. Methods: one hundred and sixty-six adolescents in Sydney completed a self-administered questionnaire, which collected information of their neighbourhood environments and their cultural backgrounds. Results: adolescents reported a great variety (67) of different cultural backgrounds, clustered into three cultural groups: Australian cultural identity group, Heritage cultural group, and Biculturalism group. Although no significant difference was found on most neighbourhood environment factors between the cultural groups, adolescents from Heritage cultural group scored significantly lower on the factor Vegetation & Facilities. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the overall neighbourhood environments for adolescents from different cultural groups are satisfactory. However, ethnic minority adolecents live in neighbourhoods with less vegetation and facilities, which suggest that spatial inequity related to ethnic backgrounds still exist in Australia.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 9780958192552
Language eng
Field of Research 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio Economic Objective 950403 Environmental Ethics
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2011, Leilei Xu
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042353

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