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Qualitative study of families with 0-3s use of green spaces in a multi-cultural, urban area

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Authors: Anna Cronin de Chavez, Rosie McEachan, Shahid Islam

There is a growing body of literature that proposes use of green spaces can have a positive impact on mental and physical health. Whilst most studies have focused on school age children, young people and adults natural environments may have a great deal to offer 0-3 year olds in terms of their physical, emotional and cognitive development. Mechanisms for these benefits in very young children are poorly understood. Additionally, the barriers to enabling babies and young children to access natural environments has been unexplored, especially in the context of deprivation, migration and ethnicity. This paper presents the findings of a study to explore the use of green spaces of 0-3 year olds alongside practical, physical, social, cultural and economic barriers and enablers of giving young children access to green spaces. 21 in-depth interviews with parents of 0-3 year olds and one focus group were conducted in a multi-ethnic, urban area in the North of England between December 2016 and April 2017.

The results showed multiple barriers to using green spaces for young families, with a different level of need than for older children in terms of keeping warm, fed and changed and how accessible green spaces are for families where the mother can’t drive, or is new to the area. Fear or experience of crime can lead families to permanently write off green spaces in ways that does not necessarily happen in street environments, and parents were highly protective of exposing their infants even to relatively minor acts of anti-social behaviour such youths or other parents swearing or smoking. Facilities and environments for children aged 0-3 years were seen to be poor compared to school aged children. Parents suggested a range of solutions to encourage young families to be able to use green spaces more. Interventions that overcome fear of using green spaces through group outdoor activities and increased community use of green spaces in particular may have the potential to increase access to green spaces and improve mental and physical health of young children.

Dr Anna Cronin de Chavez, Born in Bradford Project

Anna is a medical anthropologist who has been involved in applied health and wellbeing research projects with several different cultures and vulnerable communities in Central America and the UK. These projects include the impact of fuel poverty on children and adults with sickle cell disease (Northern England and Midlands), childhood asthma and fuel poverty (South Yorkshire), domestic mould reduction intervention project (Rotherham); South Asian, Guatemalan and white British infant thermal care beliefs (Bradford and Guatemala), infant and maternal health and green spaces (Bradford) and an ethnographic field work focusing on ethnic relations between development workers and Ngawbe indigenous communities (Panama). She is currently working on the Better Place theme of Better Start Bradford to provide evidence, co-design methodology and evaluation support for green spaces development.

https://borninbradford.nhs.uk/about-us/meet-the-team/anna-cronin-de-chavez/

Health in Place Seminar Series

The value of urban natural environments is widely acknowledged, and supported by a growing body of evidence, and many examples of good practice, and yet there is still a gap between what we know, and what we do in practice, across the environment, health and social care sectors. The aim of this seminar series is to move the agenda on to consider how we might adopt a more structural, systemic and landscape approach to utilising the health and wellbeing benefits of natural environments at a city wide level.

These seminars will explore the future agenda in the landscape and health crossover (green health).

This seminar series is intended to be interdisciplinary and is aimed at both stakeholders and academics.

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