Environmental mismatch: Do associations between the built environment and physical activity among youth depend on concordance with perceptions?
journal contributionposted on 2020-02-18, 00:00 authored by Venurs LohVenurs Loh, Jenny VeitchJenny Veitch, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, Ester Cerin, Suzanne Mavoa, Karen Villanueva, Anna TimperioAnna Timperio
Without accurate awareness of features within the built environment, the availability of a supportive built environment alone may not be sufficient to influence physical activity levels. We examined the moderating effects of concordance/discordance between selected objective and perceived built environment features in the relationship between objective built environment features and physical activity. Cross-sectional data from 465 youth aged 12–20 years from 18 schools in Melbourne, Australia were used. The relationship between trails and physical activity differed by concordance/discordance. There were positive relationships among those with concordant perceptions, but no significant differences for those with discordant perceptions. At least for trails, environmental interventions designed to enhance physical activity may be less effective if efforts are not made to enhance individuals’ awareness of their environment.