The impact of parents' fear of strangers and perceptions of informal social control on children's independent mobility
Sarah Foster, Karen Villanueva, Lisa Wood, Hayley Christian, Billie Giles-Corti
HEALTH & PLACE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2014
Declines in children's independent mobility are commonly attributed to parents' fear of strangers, yet few empirical studies have investigated this relationship. We examined: (1) the impact of parents' fear of strangers on children's independent mobility; and (2) whether informal social control (i.e., parents' confidence that other residents would look out for local children) mitigated any association. Gender stratified logistic regression models tested these associations for 10-12 year-olds and their parents (n=1231) in Perth, Australia. For girls, parental fear of strangers was associated with lower odds of independent mobility (OR=0.71, p=0.002), and informal social control and other soci..View full abstract
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The National Health and Medical Research Council (#403933) funded this project. Walking WA is the industry partner on this project and their input is gratefully acknowledged. Spatial data based on information provided by and with the permission of the West Australian Land Information Authority was used and access to these data provided by the Department of Planning. SF and LW are supported by Healthway Health Promotion Research Fellowships (#21363 and #20693, respectively), HC is supported by a NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship (#1036350), and BGC by a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow Award (#1004900).