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Children’s Views on Child-friendly Environments in Different Geographical, Cultural and Social Neighbourhoods


  • Maria Nordström

    (Geo Science Centre, University of Stockholm, Stockholm 106 91, Sweden,


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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  • Maria Nordström, 2010. "Children’s Views on Child-friendly Environments in Different Geographical, Cultural and Social Neighbourhoods," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 47(3), pages 514-528, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:47:y:2010:i:3:p:514-528

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