The role of park proximity and social support in shaping park visitation, physical activity, and perceived health among older adults

Mowen, Andrew, Orsega-Smith, Elizabeth, Payne , Laura L., Ainsworth, Barbara E. and Godbey, Geoffrey (2007) The role of park proximity and social support in shaping park visitation, physical activity, and perceived health among older adults. Journal of physical activity & health, 4 2: 167-179.

Author Mowen, Andrew
Orsega-Smith, Elizabeth
Payne , Laura L.
Ainsworth, Barbara E.
Godbey, Geoffrey
Title The role of park proximity and social support in shaping park visitation, physical activity, and perceived health among older adults
Journal name Journal of physical activity & health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-3080
1543-5474
Publication date 2007-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 167
End page 179
Total pages 13
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Language eng
Subject 111712 Health Promotion
160508 Health Policy
Abstract Background: Health scholars purport that park proximity and social support promotes physical activity and health. However, few studies examine the combined contributions of these constructs in shaping physical activity and health. Purpose: In this study, the contributions of environmental and social characteristics in shaping park use, physical activity, and health are examined. Methods: A survey was distributed to 1515 older adults in Cleveland, Ohio. Results: Path analysis indicated that social support was directly related to health. Perceived park walking proximity was related to physical activity and health through park use frequency. Park proximity was directly related to park use duration. Conclusions: Results suggest that environmental and social characteristics contribute to physical activity and health, but perceptions may also be a prerequisite to park use, daily physical activity, and health.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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