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Using manipulated photographs to identify features of streetscapes that may encourage older adults to walk for transport

Van Cauwenberg,J, Van Holle,V, De Bourdeaudhuij,I, Clarys,P, Nasar,J, Salmon,J, Goubert,L and Deforche,B 2014, Using manipulated photographs to identify features of streetscapes that may encourage older adults to walk for transport, PLoS One, vol. 9, no. 11, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112107.

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Title Using manipulated photographs to identify features of streetscapes that may encourage older adults to walk for transport
Author(s) Van Cauwenberg,J
Van Holle,V
De Bourdeaudhuij,I
Clarys,P
Nasar,J
Salmon,JORCID iD for Salmon,J orcid.org/0000-0002-4734-6354
Goubert,L
Deforche,B
Journal name PLoS One
Volume number 9
Issue number 11
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Public Library of Science
Place of publication San Francisco, CA
Publication date 2014-11
ISSN 1932-6203
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
BUILT ENVIRONMENT
OBESITY
NEIGHBORHOOD
EXERCISE
DESIGN
PEOPLE
HEALTH
COMMUNITIES
WALKABILITY
Summary Experimental evidence of environmental features important for physical activity is challenging to procure in real world settings. The current study aimed to investigate the causal effects of environmental modifications on a photographed street's appeal for older adults' walking for transport. Secondly, we examined whether these effects differed according to gender, functional limitations, and current level of walking for transport. Thirdly, we examined whether different environmental modifications interacted with each other. Qualitative responses were also reported to gain deeper insight into the observed quantitative relationships. Two sets of 16 panoramic photographs of a streetscape were created, in which six environmental factors were manipulated (sidewalk evenness, traffic level, general upkeep, vegetation, separation from traffic, and benches). Sixty older adults sorted these photographs on appeal for walking for transport on a 7-point scale and reported qualitative information on the reasons for their rankings. Sidewalk evenness appeared to have the strongest influence on a street's appeal for transport-related walking. The effect of sidewalk evenness was even stronger when the street's overall upkeep was good and when traffic was absent. Absence of traffic, presence of vegetation, and separation from traffic also increased a street's appeal for walking for transport. There were no moderating effects by gender or functional limitations. The presence of benches increased the streetscape's appeal among participants who already walked for transport at least an hour/week. The protocols and methods used in the current study carry the potential to further our understanding of environment-PA relationships. Our findings indicated sidewalk evenness as the most important environmental factor influencing a street's appeal for walking for transport among older adults. However, future research in larger samples and in real-life settings is needed to confirm current findings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0112107
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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