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A novel assessment of adolescent mobility: a pilot study

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, February 2015
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A novel assessment of adolescent mobility: a pilot study
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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, February 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12966-015-0176-6
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Tom Stewart, Scott Duncan, Basile Chaix, Yan Kestens, Jasper Schipperijn, Grant Schofield


The accurate measurement of daily mobility and travel to destinations beyond the residential neighbourhood has been identified as an important but almost systematically overlooked factor when investigating the relationship between exposure to the built environment and physical activity. The recent development of VERITAS - a web-based application nested within a computer-assisted personal interview - allows researchers to assess daily mobility, travel to regular destinations, and perceived neighbourhood boundaries using interactive mapping technology. The aims of this pilot study were to (1) demonstrate the feasibility and functionality of using VERITAS in an adolescent sample, and (2) compare urban form characteristics and geometric features of the perceived neighbourhood with traditional neighbourhood delimitations. Data were collected and analysed for twenty-eight participants (14 male, 15.9 ± 1.48 years) in 2013. Participants underwent anthropometric assessment before completing a custom-designed VERITAS protocol under the supervision of trained interview technicians. Regularly visited destinations, school travel routes, transportation modes, travel companions, and perceived neighbourhood boundaries were assessed. Data were imported into ArcGIS and street network distances between the home and each geolocated destination were generated. Convex hull activity spaces were derived from destinations. Urban form variables and geometric characteristics were compared between the perceived neighbourhood, existing meshblocks, 1 mile Euclidean buffers, and 1 km network buffers. In total, 529 destinations were geolocated, 58% of which were outside the perceived neighbourhood boundary. Active travel was inversely associated with distance to destinations (r = -.43, p < .05) and traveling with adults (r = -.68, p < .01). Urban form and geometric characteristics of the perceived neighbourhood were different from those in other neighbourhood delimitations. This study demonstrates the feasibility of using VERITAS to assess mobility within adolescent populations. Our results also illustrate the potential novelty and use of user-defined spaces, and highlight the limitations of relying on restricted definitions of place (i.e., administrative or residential-focused neighbourhoods) when assessing environmental exposure.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 102 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 17%
Researcher 18 17%
Student > Master 16 15%
Student > Bachelor 13 12%
Student > Postgraduate 9 8%
Other 24 23%
Unknown 8 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 23 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 11%
Sports and Recreations 11 10%
Psychology 11 10%
Environmental Science 8 8%
Other 21 20%
Unknown 20 19%

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