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Exploring the influences of a low-income neighbourhood environment on children's physical activity in China

Huang, Katy (Kuo-Tzu) LU (2011) MIDM70 20111
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
Background: This study aimed to explore how the physical and social environment of a
neighbourhood influenced the physical activity of children from the perspective of children and caregivers. It used a low-income neighbourhood in Beijing as the setting and focused on children in middle childhood. Methods: Guided by the Urban Ecological Model for Environment and Health Behaviour, semi-structured interviews (n=28 children and n=26 caregivers) and focus group discussions (n=26 children) were conducted. Content analysis was used to code and categorize data to determine topics and themes. Results: Children’s and caregiver’s overall perceptions and attitudes were about how their physical and social environment lacked the available, accessible... (More)
Background: This study aimed to explore how the physical and social environment of a
neighbourhood influenced the physical activity of children from the perspective of children and caregivers. It used a low-income neighbourhood in Beijing as the setting and focused on children in middle childhood. Methods: Guided by the Urban Ecological Model for Environment and Health Behaviour, semi-structured interviews (n=28 children and n=26 caregivers) and focus group discussions (n=26 children) were conducted. Content analysis was used to code and categorize data to determine topics and themes. Results: Children’s and caregiver’s overall perceptions and attitudes were about how their physical and social environment lacked the available, accessible and appropriate open space they desired and how it hindered children’s physical activity by contributing to their fears of accidental injury and social harm. Conclusion:
The findings and recommendations from both an urban planning and public health perspective can guide future planning and social policies to promote outdoor play and activity integral to the development of children in vulnerable neighbourhoods. (Less)
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Huang, Katy (Kuo-Tzu) LU
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MIDM70 20111
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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language
English
additional info
I have uploaded a revised Thesis document "KatyHuang_REVISED_Thesis_6-1-11.pdf" according to the suggestions and comment made by my examiner, Agnes Andersson (agnes.andersson@keg.lu.se)
Thank you.

Katy
kkthuang@gmail.com
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1967652
date added to LUP
2011-09-13 09:51:15
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@misc{1967652,
  abstract     = {Background: This study aimed to explore how the physical and social environment of a
neighbourhood influenced the physical activity of children from the perspective of children and caregivers. It used a low-income neighbourhood in Beijing as the setting and focused on children in middle childhood. Methods: Guided by the Urban Ecological Model for Environment and Health Behaviour, semi-structured interviews (n=28 children and n=26 caregivers) and focus group discussions (n=26 children) were conducted. Content analysis was used to code and categorize data to determine topics and themes. Results: Children’s and caregiver’s overall perceptions and attitudes were about how their physical and social environment lacked the available, accessible and appropriate open space they desired and how it hindered children’s physical activity by contributing to their fears of accidental injury and social harm. Conclusion:
The findings and recommendations from both an urban planning and public health perspective can guide future planning and social policies to promote outdoor play and activity integral to the development of children in vulnerable neighbourhoods.},
  author       = {Huang, Katy (Kuo-Tzu)},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Exploring the influences of a low-income neighbourhood environment on children's physical activity in China},
  year         = {2011},
}