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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(5), 493; doi:10.3390/ijerph13050493

Factors Affecting Parent’s Perception on Air Quality—From the Individual to the Community Level

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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Wuhan University, 115# Donghu Road, Wuhan 430071, China
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Global Health Institute, Wuhan University, 115# Donghu Road, Wuhan 430071, China
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Environmental Health Laboratory, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, 1960 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Wuhan Foreign Languages School, Wan Song Yuan Road, Wuhan 430022, China
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 26 February 2016 / Revised: 3 May 2016 / Accepted: 6 May 2016 / Published: 12 May 2016
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Abstract

The perception of air quality significantly affects the acceptance of the public of the government’s environmental policies. The aim of this research is to explore the relationship between the perception of the air quality of parents and scientific monitoring data and to analyze the factors that affect parents’ perceptions. Scientific data of air quality were obtained from Wuhan’s environmental condition reports. One thousand parents were investigated for their knowledge and perception of air quality. Scientific data show that the air quality of Wuhan follows an improving trend in general, while most participants believed that the air quality of Wuhan has deteriorated, which indicates a significant difference between public perception and reality. On the individual level, respondents with an age of 40 or above (40 or above: OR = 3.252; 95% CI: 1.170–9.040), a higher educational level (college and above: OR = 7.598; 95% CI: 2.244–25.732) or children with poor healthy conditions (poor: OR = 6.864; 95% CI: 2.212–21.302) have much more negative perception of air quality. On the community level, industrial facilities, vehicles and city construction have major effects on parents’ perception of air quality. Our investigation provides baseline information for environmental policy researchers and makers regarding the public’s perception and expectation of air quality and the benefits to the environmental policy completing and enforcing. View Full-Text
Keywords: perceived; air quality; factors; individual level; community level perceived; air quality; factors; individual level; community level
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Guo, Y.; Liu, F.; Lu, Y.; Mao, Z.; Lu, H.; Wu, Y.; Chu, Y.; Yu, L.; Liu, Y.; Ren, M.; Li, N.; Chen, X.; Xiang, H. Factors Affecting Parent’s Perception on Air Quality—From the Individual to the Community Level. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 493.

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