Journal article

Urban design and Japanese older adults' depressive symptoms

Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Gavin R McCormack, Tomoki Nakaya, Ai Shibata, Kaori Ishii, Akitomo Yasunaga, Tomoya Hanibuchi, Koichiro Oka

CITIES | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Despite associations found between physical activity and depression, and the built environment and physical activity, there appears to be inconclusive evidence regarding the role of built environment attributes with preventing depression among the elderly. This is mainly because few studies exist on this topic. In addition, the majority of existing studies have been conducted in Western countries; and there is a dearth of studies in other regions, where the built, social, and cultural environment is different than Western countries. Using data from Japanese older adults, this study examined the associations between objectively-assessed built environment attributes and depressive symptoms. We..

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Grants

Awarded by JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Awarded by JSPS KAKENHI


Awarded by MEXT


Funding Acknowledgements

Koohsari was supported by a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan (#17716) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Nakaya was supported by the JSPS KAKENHI (#JP15H02964). Hanibuchi was supported by the JSPS KAKENHI (#JP25704018). Oka is supported by the MEXT-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities, 2015-2019 the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (S1511017).