Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-015-0276-3
Title: Objective and subjective measures of neighborhood environment (NE): Relationships with transportation physical activity among older persons
Authors: Nyunt, M.S.Z 
Shuvo, F.K
Eng, J.Y
Yap, K.B 
Scherer, S 
Hee, L.M
Chan, S.P
Ng, T.P 
Keywords: Accessibility Index
adult
aesthetic environment
aged
Article
Chinese
cohort analysis
community
controlled study
demography
female
geographic information system
health status
housing
human
male
multiple regression
neighborhood
Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale
physical activity
physical parameters
rating scale
residential density
Singapore
socioeconomics
street connectivity
structural equation modeling
traffic and transport
walking
environmental planning
longitudinal study
motor activity
physiology
questionnaire
statistics and numerical data
traffic and transport
Aged
Cohort Studies
Environment Design
Female
Geographic Information Systems
Humans
Longitudinal Studies
Motor Activity
Residence Characteristics
Singapore
Surveys and Questionnaires
Transportation
Walking
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Citation: Nyunt, M.S.Z, Shuvo, F.K, Eng, J.Y, Yap, K.B, Scherer, S, Hee, L.M, Chan, S.P, Ng, T.P (2015). Objective and subjective measures of neighborhood environment (NE): Relationships with transportation physical activity among older persons. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 12 (1) : 108. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-015-0276-3
Abstract: Background: This study examined the associations of subjective and objective measures of the neighbourhood environment with the transportation physical activity of community-dwelling older persons in Singapore. Method: A modified version of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale (NEWS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) measures of the built environment characteristics were related to the frequency of walking for transportation purpose in a study sample of older persons living in high-density apartment blocks within a public housing estate in Singapore. Relevant measured variables to assess the complex relationships among built environment measures and transportation physical activity were examined using structural equation modelling and multiple regression analyses. Results: The subjective measures of residential density, street connectivity, land use mix diversity and aesthetic environment and the objective GIS measure of Accessibility Index have positively significant independent associations with transportation physical activity, after adjusting for demographics, socio-economic and health status. Conclusion: Subjective and objective measures are non-overlapping measures complementing each other in providing information on built environment characteristics. For elderly living in a high-density urban neighborhood, well connected street, diversity of land use mix, close proximity to amenities and facilities, and aesthetic environment were associated with higher frequency of walking for transportation purposes. © 2015 Nyunt et al.
Source Title: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/174281
ISSN: 14795868
DOI: 10.1186/s12966-015-0276-3
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