Neighborhood parks and physical activity: exploring associations with perceived park quality and constraints

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Neighborhood parks and physical activity: exploring associations with perceived park quality and constraints

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dc.contributor.advisor Wilhelm Stanis, Sonja en_US
dc.contributor.author Bai, Hua
dc.contributor.other University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2012 Theses en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-05T17:04:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-05T17:04:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.date.submitted 2012 Summer en_US
dc.identifier.other BaiH-062912-T11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/15976
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on November 5, 2012). en_US
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Dr. Sonja A. Wilhelm Stanis en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2012. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Parks, recreation, and tourism. en_US
dc.description "July 2012" en_US
dc.description.abstract Parks are important resources for physical activity (PA). However, few studies on park characteristics' contribution to the physical activity focus on perceptions of park quality, and additional research on constraints to park-based physical activity including non-visitors is needed. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to: a) better understand perceptions of park quality and constraints to participate in park-based PA, b) investigate differences in perceptions of park quality and constraints by demographic and past park use characteristics, and c) examine how these perceptions influence their physical activity and health. Data were collected via questionnaire from 893 randomly-selected households in Kansas City, Missouri. Differences were found in both perceived park quality and constraints by demographics and past park use. In addition, both perceptions of neighborhood park quality and constraints to park based PA were related with PA and BMI. These findings can improve appreciation of how parks facilitate active living and suggest implications for encouraging active use of parks and promoting health. en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 103 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.isformatof 2012 UM restricted theses (MU) en_US
dc.rights Access is limited to the campuses of the University of Missouri. en_US
dc.subject built environment en_US
dc.subject physical activity en_US
dc.subject park quality en_US
dc.subject user perception en_US
dc.title Neighborhood parks and physical activity: exploring associations with perceived park quality and constraints en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Parks, recreation and tourism en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M. S. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US


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