The effect of the social and physical environment on children's independent mobility to neighborhood destinations

Christian, H, Klinker, C, Villanueva, K, Knuiman, M, Foster, S, Zubrick, S, Divitini, M, Wood, L and Giles-Corti, B 2015, 'The effect of the social and physical environment on children's independent mobility to neighborhood destinations', Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 12, no. S1, pp. S84-S93.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title The effect of the social and physical environment on children's independent mobility to neighborhood destinations
Author(s) Christian, H
Klinker, C
Villanueva, K
Knuiman, M
Foster, S
Zubrick, S
Divitini, M
Wood, L
Giles-Corti, B
Year 2015
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume number 12
Issue number S1
Start page S84
End page S93
Total pages 10
Publisher Human Kinetics
Abstract BACKGROUND: Relationships between context-specific measures of the physical and social environment and children's independent mobility to neighborhood destination types were examined. METHODS: Parents in RESIDE's fourth survey reported whether their child (8-15 years; n = 181) was allowed to travel without an adult to school, friend's house, park and local shop. Objective physical environment measures were matched to each of these destinations. Social environment measures included neighborhood perceptions and items specific to local independent mobility. RESULTS: Independent mobility to local destinations ranged from 30% to 48%. Independent mobility to a local park was less likely as the distance to the closest park (small and large size) increased and less likely with additional school grounds (P < .05). Independent mobility to school was less likely as the distance to the closest large park increased and if the neighborhood was perceived as unsafe (P < .05). Independent mobility to a park or shops decreased if parenting social norms were unsupportive of children's local independent movement (P < .05). CONCLUSIONS: Independent mobility appears dependent upon the specific destination being visited and the impact of neighborhood features varies according to the destination examined. Findings highlight the importance of access to different types and sizes of urban green space for children's independent mobility to parks.
Subject Epidemiology
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) child
independent travel
built environment
social environment
DOI - identifier 10.1123/jpah.2014-0271
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ISSN 1543-5474
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