Children’s Geographies for Activity and Play: An Overview of Measurement Approaches

Melody Oliver, Stephanie Schoeppe, Suzanne Mavoa, Scott Duncan, Paul Kelly, Phil Donovan, Marketta Kyttä-Pirjola

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Abstract

Physical activity is fundamental to child health and development. Evidence suggests that environmental features may promote or hinder children’s participation in physical activity, in particular active transport and independent mobility. To date, a clear understanding of the relationships between environmental factors and children’s activity behaviors remains equivocal. An essential component of understanding children’s geographies and related outcomes is the ability to accurately assess the environments and environmental features that matter to children. Current measures include geographic information systems-derived features, audits, user perceptions (via surveys), and photographic data collection. An overview of these measures is provided, including discussion on strengths, weaknesses, and implications for research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlay, Recreation, Health and Well Being
EditorsBethan Evans, John Horton, Tracey Skelton
PublisherSPRINGER SCIENCE+BUSINESS MEDIA B.V.
Pages1-20
Number of pages20
Volume9
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-4585-96-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameGeographies of Children and Young People
PublisherSpringer
Volume9

Keywords

  • Measure
  • Physical activity
  • Mobility
  • Active transport
  • Play
  • Neighbourhood
  • Environment
  • Objective
  • Subjective

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