Special Issue "Designing Cities That Support Healthy Child Development"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Children's Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2022) | Viewed by 7905
Interests: built environment; community; neighborhood; child development; child health behavior; mixed methods
Interests: environments and child health; activating child voice; participatory approaches; mixed methods research
Healthy development is important for children’s present and future well-being, and is likely shaped by multiple factors including the environments in which children grow and develop. The neighborhood environment is an important social determinant of childhood outcomes, with action on the social determinants of health seen to narrow inequities. Globally, over 50% of people live in urban neighborhood environments. Neighborhood design and the built environment include features such as housing type and layout, street design, traffic, parks, facilities, and other infrastructure and services. These attributes are amenable to policy and practice change.
In response to rapidly growing populations, national and international ‘place-based’ policy agendas advocate the need for ‘child-friendly’ and ‘liveable’ cities seeking to promote and protect child well-being. Research reviews and viewpoints have also recently emphasized the need to target neighborhood-effects research on child development, health, and well-being. This increasing research and policy interest suggests it is timely to have evidence that supports children’s health and development.
The opportunities afforded by the increasing data volume and methodological capabilities (e.g., the breadth of longitudinal and multilevel cohort data maximized through data linkages, geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning systems (GPS)), innovative analytic techniques, and the value of qualitative and participatory research data for exploring neighborhood environments in which young children live have important implications for neighborhood-effects and childhood-development research, and the ability to meaningfully inform policy. Papers addressing these methods and topics are invited for this Special Issue.
Dr. Karen Villanueva
Dr. Melody Smith
Dr. Sarah Gray
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- child development
- early childhood
- child health and well-being
- health inequities
- built environment
- neighborhood design
- urban environment
- urban design
- socio-ecological model
- mixed methods
- participatory approaches