Neighbourhood walking and regeneration in deprived communities

Mason, P., Kearns, A. and Bond, L. (2011) Neighbourhood walking and regeneration in deprived communities. Health and Place, 17(3), pp. 727-737. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.01.010)

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Abstract

More frequent neighbourhood walking is a realistic goal for improving physical activity in deprived areas. We address regeneration activity by examining associations of residents’ circumstances and perceptions of their local environment with frequent (5+ days/week) local walking (NW5) in 32 deprived neighbourhoods (Glasgow, UK), based on interview responses from a random stratified crosssectional sample of 5657 residents. Associations were investigated by bivariate and multilevel, multivariate logistic regression. People living in low-rise flats or houses reported greater NW5 than those in multi-storey flats. Physical and social aspects of the neighbourhood were more strongly related to walking than perceptions of housing and neighbourhood, especially the neighbourhood’s external reputation, and feelings of safety and belonging. Amenity use, especially of parks, play areas and general shops (mainly in the neighbourhood), was associated with more walking. Multidimensional regeneration of the physical, service, social and psychosocial environments of deprived communities therefore seems an appropriate strategy to boost walk

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Walking, physical activity, regeneration, neighbourhood, health, Glasgow
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mason, Dr Philip and Kearns, Professor Ade and Bond, Professor Lyndal
Authors: Mason, P., Kearns, A., and Bond, L.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Health and Place
ISSN:1353-8292
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