The importance of social capital for young People's active transport and independent mobility in rural Otago, New Zealand

Tessa Porskamp*, Christina Ergler, Eva Pilot, Preeti Sushama, Sandra Mandic

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Abstract

Social capital influences adolescents' licenses for active transport and independent mobility, through parental decision making and safety concerns, and may contribute to increasing adolescents' physical activity. Drawing on 20 parental interviews and 11 focus groups (73 adolescents) from rural New Zealand, this paper shows the importance of social capital and social trust for active transport and independent mobility in an under researched rural context. Change over time in social capital, social trust and parental safety concerns limited adolescents' active transport and independent mobility. Health policy should incorporate social capital measures to increase adolescents' active transport, independent mobility and physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102216
Number of pages13
JournalHealth & Place
Volume60
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Independent mobility
  • Active transport
  • Social capital
  • Social trust
  • Adolescents
  • Parents
  • Rural setting
  • New Zealand
  • CHILDRENS PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
  • BUILT ENVIRONMENT
  • MEDIATING ROLE
  • REPORT CARD
  • HEALTH
  • SCHOOL
  • TRAVEL
  • PLAY
  • ASSOCIATION
  • COMMUNITIES

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