Sense of community and its association with the neighborhood built environment

French, S, Wood, L, Foster, S, Giles-Corti, B, Frank, L and Learnihan, V 2014, 'Sense of community and its association with the neighborhood built environment', Environment and Behavior, vol. 46, no. 6, pp. 677-697.


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Title Sense of community and its association with the neighborhood built environment
Author(s) French, S
Wood, L
Foster, S
Giles-Corti, B
Frank, L
Learnihan, V
Year 2014
Journal name Environment and Behavior
Volume number 46
Issue number 6
Start page 677
End page 697
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage
Abstract We investigated the influence of neighborhood built form on sense of community in Perth, Western Australia. It was hypothesized that sense of community would be stronger in individuals living in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Multivariate linear regression models explored associations between walking and sense of community, with progressive adjustment for objective and perceived neighborhood characteristics. Sense of community was positively associated with walking for transport and positive perceptions of neighborhood quality, and negatively associated with residential density. The findings highlight the influence of local area perceptions on sense of community that appeared to be more important than objective environment characteristics. However, the latter may influence perceptions, and this requires investigation.
Subject Epidemiology
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) sense of community
neighborhood design
walkability
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0013916512469098
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