Journal article

Safe RESIDential Environments? A longitudinal analysis of the influence of crime-related safety on walking

Sarah Foster, Paula Hooper, Matthew Knuiman, Hayley Christian, Fiona Bull, Billie Giles-Corti

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | BMC | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Numerous cross-sectional studies have investigated the premise that the perception of crime will cause residents to constrain their walking; however the findings to date are inconclusive. In contrast, few longitudinal or prospective studies have examined the impact of crime-related safety on residents walking behaviours. This study used longitudinal data to test whether there is a causal relationship between crime-related safety and walking in the local neighbourhood. METHODS: Participants in the RESIDential Environments Project (RESIDE) in Perth, Australia, completed a questionnaire before moving to their new neighbourhood (n = 1813) and again approximately one (n = 1467), three..

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Grants

Awarded by Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway)


Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)


Awarded by Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Capacity Building


Awarded by ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher


Awarded by NHRMC CRE in Healthy Liveable Communities postdoctoral fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship


Awarded by Healthway


Funding Acknowledgements

RESIDE was funded by grants from the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) (#11828), the Australian Research Council (ARC) (#LP0455453) and supported by an Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Capacity Building Grant (#458688). SF is supported by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE160100140); PH by a NHRMC CRE in Healthy Liveable Communities postdoctoral fellowship (#1061404); HC by a NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship (#1036350), and BGC by a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (#1004900). Nick Middleton, Sharyn Hickey, Bridget Beasley and Dr Bryan Boruff are gratefully acknowledged for their assistance and advice in the development of the GIS measures in this study, and The Western Australian Land Information Authority ((c) 2003), Western Australian Department of Planning for provided the core spatial data.