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Children's Views on Child-friendly Environments in Different Geographical, Cultural and Social Neighbourhoods
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2010 (English)In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063X, Vol. 47, no 3, 514-528 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study was to determine how the dimensions in a theoretical framework for environmental child-friendliness developed by Horelli apply to responses about child-friendly environments from 12-year-old children living in geographically, culturally and socially different urban neighbourhoods. Children's written responses to the question of what they find to be a child-friendly city have been analysed according to these dimensions. The results show that three of the dimensions in particular apply to the children's responses: 'safety and security', 'urban and environmental qualities' and 'basic services'. However, other dimensions of that framework, containing more abstract phenomena, do not seem to apply to these children's environmental experiences. A child-friendly perspective on cities, with children's age in mind, seems to involve a local perspective on environment, a result that indicates a need for change in current city planning practice.

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2010. Vol. 47, no 3, 514-528 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49119DOI: 10.1177/0042098009349771ISI: 000274664100003OAI: diva2:376475
authorCount :1Available from: 2010-12-10 Created: 2010-12-10 Last updated: 2010-12-10Bibliographically approved

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