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Too far from home? : adult attitudes on children's independent mobility range

The purpose of this study was to investigate adult attitudes on distances children should be allowed to travel to places and play in outdoor areas without adult supervision, with consideration of differences in adult attitudes by socio-demographics and urbanisation. In 2013, Australian adults (N = 1293) were asked what distances children aged 8–12 years should be allowed to walk/cycle to places, and play outdoors without adults. Descriptive analyses and chi-square tests were conducted to assess adult attitudes on children’s independent mobility range. Overall, 62% of adults would restrict children’s independent travel to places <500 m from home, and 74% would restrict independent outdoor play <500m from home. Women and adults with lower education were more likely to report restrictive attitudes than men and adults with higher education, respectively. The promotion of active travel and outdoor play in children may require increasing adults’ acceptance of greater independent mobility range.

History

Issue

2015

Start Page

1

End Page

8

Number of Pages

8

eISSN

1473-3277

ISSN

1473-3285

Location

United States

Publisher

Routledge

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

School of Human, Health and Social Sciences (2013- ); TBA Research Institute; University of Melbourne; University of Newcastle;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Children's geographies.