The Challenge: Residents of underserved urban neighborhoods often face serious challenges related to crime, violence, and incivilities that make it difficult for them to be physically active outdoors.
Make an impact: Understanding the relationship between outdoor recreation and perception of crime and violence can inform interventions aimed at encouraging physical activity.
What the findings are about: This study examined whether fear, victimization, and perceived incivilities are associated with physical activity and outdoor recreation among Latino youth and whether involvement in physical activity is associated with delinquency.
Key Findings and Recommendations:
Youth who were more fearful of crime were less physically active and engaged in less outdoor recreation, but being the victim of or witnessing crime was not related to either physical activity or outdoor recreation.
Youth who were more acculturated to the US were less likely to engage in outdoor recreation.
Girls may be more sensitive to neighborhood aesthetics than boys, while boys are more likely to be victims of violent crime or to be recruited into gangs, thus making crime a greater barrier to boys' physical activity.