Journal article

How far do children travel from their homes? Exploring children's activity spaces in their neighborhood

Karen Villanueva, Billie Giles-Corti, Max Bulsara, Gavin R McCormack, Anna Timperio, Nick Middleton, Bridget Beesley, Georgina Trapp

HEALTH & PLACE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2012


This study explored children's activity spaces. In 2007, children aged 10-12 years (n=1480) completed a survey and mapping activity, and wore a pedometer for seven days. Their parents completed a survey (n=1314). Over half traveled <25% of their 'neighborhood', defined as 800 m and 1600 m network buffers. More local destinations (boys β=-0.022; girls β=-0.013) and parent report of living on a busy road (girls β=-0.43) were associated with smaller activity spaces whereas being independently mobile resulted in larger (girls β=0.28) ones. Traditionally defined neighborhoods may not reflect children's movements. Freedom, fewer local destinations and traffic safety may be important for increasing..

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Awarded by VicHealth Public Health Research Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The National Health and Medical Research Council (#403933) funded this project. Walking WA is the industry partner on this project and the input of members of this Committee is gratefully acknowledged, particularly Alice Haning (Department of Transport) who has supported the project from its inception. Spatial data based on information provided by and with the permission of the Western Australian Land Information Authority was used and access to the data provided by the Department of Planning. This research was also supported by Sensis Pty. Ltd. for providing access to destination data obtained from the Sensis (Yellow Pages) database. BB and NM are gratefully acknowledged for developing the TREK GIS Destinations Application and GIS scripts used for analyses. Thanks to Sharyn Hickey for assisting with GIS queries. KV was supported by scholarships provided by an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and Ad Hoc Scholarships; GT was supported by an APA and the NHMRC Capacity Building Grant (#458668); BGC is supported by a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow Award (#1004900); AT by a VicHealth Public Health Research Fellowship (2004 0536); and GRM by a Canadian Institute of Health Research Bisby Postdoctoral Fellowship.