Do Childhood Experiences Influence Walking Behavior during Adulthood? Evidence from Indonesia using over 15 Years of Longitudinal Data

The authors explore the effects of childhood experiences on walking behavior during adulthood. The authors use built environment exposure and household vehicle ownership to represent childhood experiences. While a significant body of literature exists on walking behavior, little is known about the long-term effects of childhood experiences. Using over 15 years of longitudinal data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS), this study traces the lives of 2,357 urban Indonesian as representative samples of the country. The findings indicate suggestive evidences on the role of built environment exposure during childhood on walking behavior during adulthood; that is, exposure to neighborhood with mixed land uses during childhood increases the likelihood of developing walking habit during adulthood. Moreover, the findings also suggest that an individual who grew up in a household with lower vehicle ownership is more likely to develop walking habit during adulthood than an otherwise similar individual who grew up with a greater household vehicle ownership. In light of the growing interests on the importance of developing sustainable transportation pattern, particularly in a rapidly developing world, this study might highlight the long-terms efficacy of spatial planning initiatives and transportation policies to shape active travel in the long run.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ABE90 Standing Committee on Transportation in the Developing Countries.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Widita, Alyas
    • Welch, Timothy F
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 7p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697398
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-03025
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:26AM