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Associations between park features and adolescent park use for physical activity

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, February 2015
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Title
Associations between park features and adolescent park use for physical activity
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, February 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12966-015-0178-4
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Authors

Nicole Edwards, Paula Hooper, Matthew Knuiman, Sarah Foster, Billie Giles-Corti

Abstract

Eighty per cent of adolescents globally do insufficient physical activity. Parks are a popular place for adolescents to be active. However, little is known about which park features are associated with higher levels of park use by adolescents. This study aimed to examine which environmental park features, and combination of features, were correlated with higher levels of park use for physical activity among adolescents. By examining park features in parks used by adolescents for physical activity, this study also aimed to create a park 'attractiveness' score predictive of adolescent park use, and to identify factors that might predict use of their closest park. Adolescents (n = 1304) living in Geraldton, a large rural centre of Western Australia, completed a survey that measured physical activity behaviour, perceptions of park availability and the main park used for physical activity. All parks in the study area (n = 58) were digitized using a Geographic Information System (GIS) and features audited using the Public Open Space Desktop Auditing Tool (POSDAT). Only 27% of participants reported using their closest park for physical activity. Park use was associated with seven features: presence of a skate park, walking paths, barbeques, picnic table, public access toilets, lighting around courts and equipment and number of trees >25. When combined to create an overall attractiveness score, every additional 'attractive' feature present, resulted in a park being nearly three times more likely to be in the high use category. To increase park use for physical activity, urban planners and designers should incorporate park features attractive to adolescents.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Japan 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 118 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 30 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 18%
Researcher 17 14%
Student > Bachelor 12 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 10%
Other 19 16%
Unknown 9 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 22 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 12%
Sports and Recreations 11 9%
Environmental Science 8 7%
Engineering 7 6%
Other 36 30%
Unknown 22 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 26. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 March 2017.
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#304
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