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dc.contributor.authorDobbinson, SJ
dc.contributor.authorSimmons, J
dc.contributor.authorChamberlain, JA
dc.contributor.authorMacInnis, RJ
dc.contributor.authorSalmon, J
dc.contributor.authorStaiger, PK
dc.contributor.authorWakefield, M
dc.contributor.authorVeitch, J
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-17T03:33:08Z
dc.date.available2020-11-17T03:33:08Z
dc.date.issued2020-09-01
dc.identifierpii: ijerph17176102
dc.identifier.citationDobbinson, S. J., Simmons, J., Chamberlain, J. A., MacInnis, R. J., Salmon, J., Staiger, P. K., Wakefield, M. & Veitch, J. (2020). Examining Health-Related Effects of Refurbishment to Parks in a Lower Socioeconomic Area: The ShadePlus Natural Experiment. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 17 (17), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176102.
dc.identifier.issn1661-7827
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/251538
dc.description.abstractDegraded parks in disadvantaged areas are underutilized for recreation, which may impact long-term health. Using a natural experiment, we examined the effects of local government refurbishments to parks (n = 3 intervention; n = 3 comparison) in low socioeconomic areas (LSEA) of Melbourne on park use, health behavior, social engagement and psychological well-being. Amenities promoting physical activity and sun protection included walking paths, playground equipment and built shade. Outcomes were measured via systematic observations, and self-report surveys of park visitors over three years. The refurbishments significantly increased park use, while shade use increased only in parks with shade sails. A trend for increased social engagement was also detected. Findings infer improvement of quality, number and type of amenities in degraded parks can substantially increase park use in LSEA. Findings support provision of shade over well-designed playgrounds in future park refurbishments to enhance engagement and sun protection behavior. Further research should identify park amenities to increase physical activity.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
dc.titleExamining Health-Related Effects of Refurbishment to Parks in a Lower Socioeconomic Area: The ShadePlus Natural Experiment
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ijerph17176102
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMelbourne School of Psychological Sciences
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
melbourne.source.titleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
melbourne.source.volume17
melbourne.source.issue17
dc.rights.licenseCC BY
melbourne.elementsid1462991
melbourne.contributor.authorMacInnis, Robert
melbourne.contributor.authorWakefield, Melanie
dc.identifier.eissn1660-4601
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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