Social and built-environment factors related to children's independent mobility: The importance of neighbourhood cohesion and connectedness

Lin, E, Witten, K, Oliver, M, Carroll, P, Asiasiga, L, Badland, H and Parker, K 2017, 'Social and built-environment factors related to children's independent mobility: The importance of neighbourhood cohesion and connectedness', Health and Place, vol. 46, pp. 107-113.


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Title Social and built-environment factors related to children's independent mobility: The importance of neighbourhood cohesion and connectedness
Author(s) Lin, E
Witten, K
Oliver, M
Carroll, P
Asiasiga, L
Badland, H
Parker, K
Year 2017
Journal name Health and Place
Volume number 46
Start page 107
End page 113
Total pages 7
Publisher Pergamon Press
Abstract This study examines aspects of neighbourhood social environments (namely, neighbourhood safety, cohesion and connection) and child-specific built environment attributes in relation to children's independent mobility. The results suggest that children aged 8-13 years with parents who perceive their neighbourhood as more cohesive and more connected, and are located closer to school, engaged in higher levels of independently mobile trips. The qualitative component of this research revealed that for NZ European, Māori, Samoan and other Pacific parents, 'people danger' was the most common concern for letting their children go out alone, whereas for Asian and Indian parents, 'traffic danger' was the most common reason for their concern.
Subject Urban Design
Preventive Medicine
Keyword(s) Built environment
Children
Independent mobility
Neighbourhood
Social environment
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.05.002
Copyright notice © 2017 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN 1353-8292
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