Exploring children’s perceptions of their local environment in relation to time spent outside

Hayball, F., McCrorie, P., Kirk, A., Gibson, A.-M. and Ellaway, A. (2018) Exploring children’s perceptions of their local environment in relation to time spent outside. Children and Society, 32(1), pp. 12-26. (doi:10.1111/chso.12217)

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Abstract

This study aims to understand how children perceive their environment, exploring the affordances children perceive to influence their physical activity (PA) behaviour when outside. Participants included boys and girls aged 10–12 years (n = 15) living in Scotland. Children's visual and verbal representations of their perceived environment were analysed to assess environmental determinants of PA. The findings suggested that physical affordances that offer a sense of risk were important to children's play spaces. Social affordances influenced where the children went in their environment and the features they utilised as part of play behaviour; strangers were considered threatening depending on whether the activity was recognised.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ellaway, Dr Anne and Mccrorie, Dr Paul
Authors: Hayball, F., McCrorie, P., Kirk, A., Gibson, A.-M., and Ellaway, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Children and Society
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0951-0605
ISSN (Online):1099-0860
Published Online:19 March 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Children and Society 32(1):12-26
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
727621SPHSU Core Renewal: Neighbourhoods and Communities Research ProgrammeAnne EllawayMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/10IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU