Socioeconomic status, neighborhood characteristics, and walking within the neighborhood among older Hong Kong Chinese

Cerin, Ester, Mellecker, Robin, Macfarlane, Duncan J., Barnett, Anthony, Cheung, Man-chin, Sit, Cindy H. P. and Chan, Wai-man 2013, Socioeconomic status, neighborhood characteristics, and walking within the neighborhood among older Hong Kong Chinese, Journal of aging and health, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 1425-1444.

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Title Socioeconomic status, neighborhood characteristics, and walking within the neighborhood among older Hong Kong Chinese
Author(s) Cerin, Ester
Mellecker, Robin
Macfarlane, Duncan J.
Barnett, Anthony
Cheung, Man-chin
Sit, Cindy H. P.
Chan, Wai-man
Journal name Journal of aging and health
Volume number 25
Issue number 8
Start page 1425
End page 1444
Total pages 20
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, California
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0898-2643
Keyword(s) built environment
elders
walking
socioeconomic status
mediators
Summary Objective
We examined the associations of educational attainment and area socioeconomic status (SES) with total within-neighborhood walking patterns and percentage of walking undertaken for recreation purposes in Hong Kong elders. Environmental mediators of these associations were also examined.

Method:
Chinese-speaking elders (N = 484), cognitively unimpaired and able to walk unassisted, were recruited from 32 street blocks stratified by SES and walkability. Interviewer-administered surveys were conducted to collect data on walking and sociodemographics. Neighborhood environments were audited.

Results:
Educational attainment was positively related to walking outcomes, while area SES was only positively related to percentage of walking allocated to recreational purposes. While no mediators of area SES-walking associations were identified, several environmental attributes explained the associations of educational attainment with walking.

Discussion:
Educational attainment rather than area SES is a key determinant of walking in Hong Kong elders; these effects are mostly attributable to social and individual rather than environmental factors.
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, Sage Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059602

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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