The effect of a rural vs. urban habitat on children’s risk taking opportunities: where and how children are allowed to play

Elphick, Jade (2016) The effect of a rural vs. urban habitat on children’s risk taking opportunities: where and how children are allowed to play. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Introduction The importance of risk-taking during children’s outdoor play is widely recognised by past and current researchers, with particular emphasis on children self-sufficiently dealing with risky situations. However, a trend towards greater levels of crime and danger with increased urbanisation can implement a greater desire for parents to keep children under constant supervision, thus a hindrance on independence.
Objectives The aim of this study was to establish independence granted to children in a rural and urban environment and discover the opportunities for children in today’s society to appraise risk during their outdoor play time. The study looks into the places in which children are allowed to play and the activities they do within these places, taking the location into account.
Results Statistical analysis revealed no differences between the independence given to children living in a rural or urban environment. Some differences were found in the places in which the children played, with more rural children playing in natural outdoor spaces. Risk perception scores were still similar.
Conclusion The amount of urbanisation a child is raised in can influence their outdoor play but the places and types of play doesn’t necessarily shape their perceptions of risk. Parents of children today would perhaps benefit from an initiative to raise awareness of how the positive effects from the risks taken at a young age, have potential to help them through other aspects of life.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Adventure Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: risk-taking, urban, rural, outdoor, play, environmental, location
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Departments > Adventure Education
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 11:10
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2017 11:10

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