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Health Place. 2012 Mar;18(2):263-73. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.09.019. Epub 2011 Oct 4.

How far do children travel from their homes? Exploring children's activity spaces in their neighborhood.

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Centre for the Built Environment and Health, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.


This study explored children's activity spaces. In 2007, children aged 10-12 years (n=1480) completed a survey and mapping activity, and wore a pedometer for seven days. Their parents completed a survey (n=1314). Over half traveled <25% of their 'neighborhood', defined as 800 m and 1600 m network buffers. More local destinations (boys β=-0.022; girls β=-0.013) and parent report of living on a busy road (girls β=-0.43) were associated with smaller activity spaces whereas being independently mobile resulted in larger (girls β=0.28) ones. Traditionally defined neighborhoods may not reflect children's movements. Freedom, fewer local destinations and traffic safety may be important for increasing spatial ranges.

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