Hispanic maternal and children's perceptions of neighborhood safety related to walking and cycling. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined neighborhood safety as perceived by children (mean age=10 years) and their mothers, and its association with children's physical activity. For all eight safety items examined, children perceived their environment as less dangerous than mothers (p<0.05). None of the multiple regression models predicting children's physical activity by safety perceptions were significant (p>0.10). The maternal perception model explained the highest percentage of variance (R(2)=0.26), compared to the children's perception model (R(2)=0.22). Findings suggest that future studies should explore relations between self-reported and objectively measured safety barriers to Hispanic youth walking and cycling.

published proceedings

  • Health Place

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Olvera, N., Smith, D. W., Lee, C., Liu, J., Lee, J., Kellam, S., & Kim, J.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Olvera, Norma||Smith, Dennis W||Lee, Chanam||Liu, Jian||Lee, Jay||Kellam, Stephanie||Kim, Jun-Hyun

publication date

  • January 1, 2012 11:11 AM