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Who goes to metropolitan parks? A latent class analysis approach to understanding park visitation

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posted on 01.01.2018, 00:00 authored by Jenny VeitchJenny Veitch, W C Wang, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, Alison Carver, B Giles-Corti, Anna TimperioAnna Timperio
This study aimed to identify typologies of park visitors and to examine associations among these typologies and socio-demographic characteristics. In 2013, intercept interviews were completed with 794 adult park visitors at two large parks located in Melbourne, Australia. Latent class analysis identified three classes of visitor: physically active visitor, with dog (12.4%); physically active visitor, with no dog (35.7%); and infrequent, low active, social visitor (51.9%). Respondents who were older and owned a dog had higher odds of being in Class 1 and Class 2. Respondents who had children had higher odds of being in Class 3. Respondents who reported poor health were less likely to be in Class 2 than in Class 3. Park users can be distinguished by the behaviors in which they engage. Understanding typologies of visitors will assist with the development of intervention strategies to optimize park visitation and park-based physical activity.

History

Journal

Leisure sciences

Volume

40

Issue

5

Pagination

343 - 355

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

0149-0400

eISSN

1521-0588

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

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