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Important park features for encouraging park visitation, physical activity and social interaction among adolescents: A conjoint analysis
journal contributionposted on 2023-10-19, 06:25 authored by Elise Rivera, A Timperio, VH Loh, B Deforche, J Veitch
Little is known about what park features adolescents perceive as most important for encouraging them to visit and be active and social in parks. This study examined the relative importance of park features for encouraging these behaviours among adolescents and explored differences according to gender and frequency of visitation. Adolescents were recruited from secondary schools in diverse areas of Melbourne, Australia. In Phase 1 (2018–2019), participants [n = 222; 14.0 years (SD 1.1); 46% female] rated photographs of 40 park features in an online survey, indicating the degree to which each feature encouraged them to visit, and be active and social in the park. In Phase 2 (2019–2020), the top ten-rated features from Phase 1 for each outcome (overall and by gender and frequency of visitation) were presented in Adaptive Choice-Based Conjoint tasks to another sample of participants [n = 244; 14.7 years (SD 1.3); 46% female]. The most important feature for encouraging visitation was large swings; for physical activity was sports courts; and for social interaction was a café. Grassy open space was important for all behaviours, and preferred park features varied among sub-groups. The results highlight which park features park planners and designers should prioritise to support active and social park use among adolescents.
Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)
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