A comparison study of children's independent mobility in England and Australia

Carver, Alison, Watson, Ben, Shaw, Ben and Hillman, Mayer 2013, A comparison study of children's independent mobility in England and Australia, Children's Geographies, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 461-475.

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Title A comparison study of children's independent mobility in England and Australia
Author(s) Carver, Alison
Watson, Ben
Shaw, Ben
Hillman, Mayer
Journal name Children's Geographies
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 461
End page 475
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1473-3285
1473-3277
Keyword(s) Active transport
Adolescent
Neighbourhood
Urban
Rural
Summary We compared independent mobility (freedom to move around the neighbourhood – or similar – without adult accompaniment) among English and Australian schoolchildren. Parents reported mobility licences granted to their children (e.g. allowing them to cross main roads alone) and accompaniment on local trips. Children reported travel mode to school. We examined associations between mobility licences and independent school journeys, and accompaniment on local trips. Among 10–12-year-olds, English children had more licences than Australian children. Mobility licences were directly associated with independent school journeys among primary but not among secondary schoolchildren who travelled further; and inversely associated with parental accompaniment to other destinations. Influences on parental restrictions should be examined to promote children's independent mobility.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058783

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