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Are perceptions of the physical and social environment associated with mothers' walking for leisure and transport behaviours? A longitudinal study

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Cleland, V and Crawford, D and Timperio, A, Are perceptions of the physical and social environment associated with mothers' walking for leisure and transport behaviours? A longitudinal study, Preventive Medicine: An International Journal Devoted to Practice and Theory, 47, (2) pp. 188-193. ISSN 0091-7435 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.05.010

Abstract

Objective: The role local neighbourhood environments play in influencing purpose-specific walking behaviors has not been well-explored in prospective studies. This study aimed to cross-sectionally and prospectively examine whether local physical and social environments were associated with mothers' walking for leisure and for transport. Methods: In 2004, 357 mothers from Melbourne, Australia, provided information on their local physical and social neighbourhood environments, and in 2004 and 2006 reported weekly time spent walking for leisure and for transport. Environmental predictors of high levels of walking and increases in walking were examined using log binomial regression. Results: Public transport accessibility and trusting many people in the neighbourhood were predictive of increases in walking for leisure, while connectivity, pedestrian crossings, a local traffic speed were predictive of increases in transport-related walking. Satisfaction with local facilities was associated with increasing both types of walking, and the social environment was important for maintaining high levels of both leisure- and transport-related walking. Conclusion: The findings provide evidence of a longitudinal relationship between physical and social environments and walking behaviors amongst mothers. Enhancing satisfaction with local facilities and giving consideration to 'walkability', safety and public transport accessibility during environment planning processes may help mothers to increase walking. 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Cleland, V (Dr Verity Cleland)
ID Code:72358
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:51
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-08-25
Last Modified:2012-03-06
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