Sociocultural Perceptions of Walkability in Mexican American Neighborhoods: Implications for Policy and Practice

Active living is a recently popularized concept that encourages individuals to achieve recommended levels of physical activity through a lifestyle that integrates active transportation such as biking and walking into daily routines. This article reports findings of a qualitative study of factors that influence perceptions of walkability in five predominantly Mexican American neighborhoods in the Southwest region of the U.S., with a broader aim of exploring sociocultural factors related to preferences in the walking environment that may be neighborhood-specific. The researchers used focus groups and surveys to explore perceptions of walkability in Mexican American neighborhoods in the U.S. They found that physical attributes of the neighborhood were generally negatively associated with walking. Sociocultural attributes may attenuate negative perceptions of social and physical environments. The authors conclude by recommending that policy and planning efforts should leverage sociocultural strengths of neighborhoods.


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  • Accession Number: 01655309
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 2017 10:30AM