Neighborhood correlates of sitting time for Australian adults in new suburbs: Results from RESIDE

Foster, S, Pereira, G, Christian, H, Knuiman, M, Bull, F and Giles-Corti, B 2015, 'Neighborhood correlates of sitting time for Australian adults in new suburbs: Results from RESIDE', Environment and Behavior, vol. 47, no. 8, pp. 902-922.


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Title Neighborhood correlates of sitting time for Australian adults in new suburbs: Results from RESIDE
Author(s) Foster, S
Pereira, G
Christian, H
Knuiman, M
Bull, F
Giles-Corti, B
Year 2015
Journal name Environment and Behavior
Volume number 47
Issue number 8
Start page 902
End page 922
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage
Abstract The neighborhood influences on walking are well recognized, yet less is known about how the environment impacts sedentary behaviors. This study used a social-ecological model to examine the correlates of sitting time, independent of walking behavior. Objective built environment measures and self-reported community participation were examined for associations with sitting time for 1,179 residents in Perth, Western Australia. Neighborhood built environment and social factors were significantly associated with women's sitting time only. In particular, the presence of community infrastructure was negatively associated with women's weekday sitting (relative reduction = 0.951; p = .037), but statistical significance weakened after accounting for community participation (relative reduction = 0.951; p = .057). Community participation was independently associated with both women's weekday and weekend sitting (both p < .001). More walkable neighborhoods may help limit women's sitting time by providing better access to community infrastructure, as local venues may afford additional opportunities for social interaction and participation.
Subject Epidemiology
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) community infrastructure
community participation
sedentary behavior
sitting time
walkability
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0013916514533188
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