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Children's perceptions of the use of public open spaces for active free-play

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posted on 01.11.2007, 00:00 authored by Jenny VeitchJenny Veitch, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, Kylie BallKylie Ball
Activity performed by children in their free-time may have a significant impact on overall physical activity levels, however, very little is known about the influences on children's active free-play. To examine the role and use of public open spaces, 132 children (6-12 years) from a selection of primary schools participated in small focus group interviews. Children reported that their use of public open spaces was influenced by a combination of intrapersonal, social and environmental factors including; the play equipment and facilities at local parks, lack of independent mobility, urban design features, presence of friends, and personal motivation.

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Journal

Children's geographies

Volume

5

Issue

4

Pagination

409 - 422

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

1473-3285

eISSN

1473-3277

Language

eng

Notes

This is an electronic version of an article published in Children's Geographies, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 409-422.Children's Geographies is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1473-3285&volume=5&issue=4&spage=409

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2007, Taylor & Francis

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