Parental perceptions of the impacts the built environment has on young children's health: a qualitative examination and lay assessment amongst residents in four Scottish communities

Paul Teedon*, Morag Gillespie, Kate Lindsay, Keith Baker

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The built environment is important for children's health and development. Qualitative research in four communities in Scotland explored with groups of parents of young children their lay perceptions of their local environment with specific reference to its impact upon their children's health.Valuing most strong
supportive communities;good quality public spaces and social housing, parents' key concerns included anti-social behaviour, incivility and a range of locally-specific concerns. As knowledgeable key gate-keepers to children's use of home environments and public spaces, parent's qualitative lay in put is important for the development of children's effective use of outdoor spaces and the built environment over the long term.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-57
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Place
Early online date18 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014



  • parental perceptions
  • children's health
  • built environment
  • incivility
  • physical activity

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