Childrenâ€™s Views on Child-friendly Environments in Different Geographical, Cultural and Social Neighbourhoods
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. Childrenâ€™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 childrenâ€™s responses: â€˜safety and securityâ€™, â€˜urban and environmental qualitiesâ€™ and â€˜basic servicesâ€™. However, other dimensions of that framework, containing more abstract phenomena, do not seem to apply to these childrenâ€™s environmental experiences. A child-friendly perspective on cities, with childrenâ€™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.
Volume (Year): 47 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
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