A qualitative study exploring perceived environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour in children

Felicity Heyball, Alison Kirk, Paul McCrorie, Ann-Marie Knowles, Anne Ellaway

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In this article, we consider children’s perceptions of their social and physical outdoor environment in relation to their physical activity (PA) behaviour in Scotland, United Kingdom. Drawing from a pilot study, participants included three groups of children aged between ten and twelve of mixed gender (n=15). Visual and verbal representations of their perceived environment were analysed to assess environmental determinants of PA. Results found an absence of suitable play affordances, safety, parental restriction, and environmental aesthetics was a key factor to children spending time outdoors. Strengths and limitations of the study are discussed, as are implications for policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
EventJournal of Youth Studies Conference - Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 30 Apr 20151 May 2015


ConferenceJournal of Youth Studies Conference


  • physical activity
  • child health
  • outdoor activities for children

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