Perceived environmental correlates and physical activity: What neighborhood aspects really matter for mothers and fathers of young children?

Hamilton, Kyra, Cuddihy, Tom, & White, Katherine M. (2013) Perceived environmental correlates and physical activity: What neighborhood aspects really matter for mothers and fathers of young children? Journal of Community Psychology, 41(6), pp. 679-691.

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Limited research has been conducted with at-risk populations in examining perceived environmental correlates of physical activity (PA); thus, we examined this relationship among parents with young children, a group at risk for physical inactivity. Parents (252 mothers, 206 fathers) completed a questionnaire assessing measures of perceived neighborhood environment and a 1-week follow-up of PA behavior. Mothers were more likely than fathers to perceive their neighborhood as unsafe to go for walks at night and less likely to perceive transit stops within 10–15 minutes walking distance, sidewalks on most streets, and facilities to bicycle. Adjusting for demographics, shops within easy walking distance, sidewalks on most streets, and having no more than one motor vehicle were associated with being active for both sexes. Access to transit stops and free/low cost recreational facilities were also associated with mothers’ PA. These findings suggest that environmental factors may support parents being active at recommended levels.

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ID Code: 62224
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: parenthood, mothers, fathers, physical activity, perceived neighbourhood environments
DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21564
ISSN: 00904392
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sport and Exercise Psychology (170114)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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Deposited On: 02 Sep 2013 01:59
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2015 22:52

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