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Children and urban proximate nature - Accessibility to green areas and outdoor recreation activities

Författare och institution:
Mattias Sandberg (Kulturgeografiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
ISSRM 2008, Burlington Vermont USA, 10-14 juni 2008,
Konferensbidrag, poster
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The main objective of this study is to develop knowledge about children’s relationship to urban-proximate nature. Although Swedish cities are relatively green and sparsely populated there is a concern that the time children spend in nature areas is declining. Several studies point out the importance of spending time in nature for health benefits; like improved ability to concentrate and the potential to stimulate physical activities and play. Natural settings have also been emphasized as an arena that may promote a development of environmental consciousness. Some of the identified potential obstacles to children’s contact with nature are indoor activities (e.g. ICT-technology), the expansion of urban areas on to nature areas and signs of restricted independent mobility on children, due to traffic and so called “stranger danger”. The fact that migration has turned the urban areas in Sweden into multi-cultural societies, also raises questions how the “new Swede's ” relationship to (a new kind?) of nature is constituted. With regard to children's more restricted mobility, at least on their own, nearness to nature areas ought to be especially important for them to be able to spend time there. The results so far shows that the conditions for children’s outdoor activities are more favourable in the more well-off residential area in Gothenburg, than in the residential area in Stockholm with lower socio-economic standard and a high proportion of immigrants. The children with Swedish background, have a more active everyday life, both concerning organised (sport) activities and outdoor activities; e.g. skiing and taking family walks; although the physical accessibility to green areas are similar in both areas. This indicates that factors, other than nearness and physical accessibility, are more decisive in whether or not children spend time in their nearby nature.
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Tätortsnära natur, barn, friluftsliv
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2008-08-20 09:47

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