Perceived and objectively measured environmental correlates of domain-specific physical activity in older English adults

Wu, Yu-Tzu, Jones, Natalia R., van Sluijs, Esther M. F., Griffin, Simon J., Wareham, Nicholas J. and Jones, Andrew P. (2016) Perceived and objectively measured environmental correlates of domain-specific physical activity in older English adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 24 (4). pp. 599-616. ISSN 1543-267X

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Abstract

We examine the relative importance of both objective and perceived environmental features for physical activity in older English adults. Self-reported physical activity levels of 8,281 older adults were used to compute volumes of outdoor recreational and commuting activity. Perceptions of neighborhood environment supportiveness were drawn from a questionnaire survey and a geographical information system was used to derive objective measures. Negative binominal regression models were fitted to examine associations. Perceptions of neighborhood environment were more associated with outdoor recreational activity (over 10% change per standard deviation) than objective measures (5–8% change). Commuting activity was associated with several objective measures (up to 16% change). We identified different environmental determinants of recreational and commuting activity in older adults. Perceptions of environmental supportiveness for recreational activity appear more important than actual neighborhood characteristics. Understanding how older people perceive neighborhoods might be key to encouraging outdoor recreational activity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental correlates,gis,neighborhood,perceptionn
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 14:00
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 01:11
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58007
DOI: 10.1123/japa.2015-0241

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