Exploring young people’s views of their local area related to the 20-minute neighbourhood policy: A national cross-sectional study

Bulloch, M. and Olsen, J. R. (2024) Exploring young people’s views of their local area related to the 20-minute neighbourhood policy: A national cross-sectional study. Cities and Health, (doi: 10.1080/23748834.2024.2315804) (Early Online Publication)

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This study aimed to examine how young people subjectively perceive their local neighbourhoods and compare these perceptions with objective data regarding access to amenities aligned with features of the 20-minute neighbourhood (20MN) policy. Objective data (n:287 aged 12-18 years) were gathered through an online adaptation of the Place Standard Tool for Young People in Scotland. Subjective data concerning access to ten amenities in line with the 20MN concept, along with crime statistics, area-level deprivation and urbanicity were spatially linked. The association between perceptions of localities and factors such as gender, as well as both subjective and objective neighbourhood assessments were examined. Young people were most satisfied with nature and active travel in their local area. Conversely, their satisfaction was lowest for active travel to school. Rural young people were more dissatisfied with their localities. Agreement was observed between satisfaction with their 20 neighbourhoods and objective data indicating the presence of frequent public transportation, recreational spaces, and access to services. In conclusion, our study highlights the importance of amenities in healthy urban planning, showing a positive impact on young people’s perceptions. Additionally, we uncover a connection between crime perceptions and area-level crime variables, potentially influencing health outcomes.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:JO is employed by the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, and supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number MC_UU_00022/4 and Chief Scientist Office [grant number SPHSU19].
Keywords:Young people, place standard, 20-minute neighbourhoods, inequalities, planning, health.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Olsen, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Bulloch, M., and Olsen, J. R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Cities and Health
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):2374-8842
Published Online:29 February 2024
Copyright Holders:Copyright: © 2024 The Author(s)
First Published:First published in Cities and Health 2024
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3048230041Places and healthRich MitchellMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_00022/4HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
3048230091Places and healthRich MitchellOffice of the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSO)SPHSU19HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit