Journal article

Association of neighbourhood residence and preferences with the built environment, work-related travel behaviours, and health implications for employed adults: Findings from the URBAN study

Hannah M Badland, Melody Oliver, Robin A Kearns, Suzanne Mavoa, Karen Witten, Mitch J Duncan, G David Batty

Social Science and Medicine | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2012


Although the neighbourhoods and health field is well established, the relationships between neighbourhood selection, neighbourhood preference, work-related travel behaviours, and transport infrastructure have not been fully explored. It is likely that understanding these complex relationships more fully will inform urban policy development, and planning for neighbourhoods that support health behaviours. Accordingly, the objective of this study was to identify associations between these variables in a sample of employed adults. Self-reported demographic, work-related transport behaviours, and neighbourhood preference data were collected from 1616 employed adults recruited from 48 neighbourhoo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The URBAN and Neighbourhoods and Health studies were supported by research grants from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. The funding body was not involved in the design, conduct, data collection, management, or publication of the study. A Heart Foundation of New Zealand Research Fellowship supported MO and a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship supported GDB at the time of manuscript writing. The authors gratefully acknowledge the participants who completed the study, research assistants who collected the data, and territorial authorities for providing the GIS datasets.