Residents' perception and use of green space: Results from a mixed method study in a deprived neighbourhood in Korea

YeunSook Lee, Naeun Gu, Somi An

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Abstract

Variables other than the physical existence of green space can affect its health benefits, including the residents' perceptions of the green space. In this study, factors associated with residents' perceptions and use of green space, as well as, their demands for green space to promote their use of such space were examined. The study focused on a deprived area in Jeonju City, Korea and used a mixed method design that involved both quantitative and qualitative components. The quantitative data from a cross-sectional survey of 1000 residents and the qualitative data from interviews with 30 residents were obtained. The results showed that the people in poorer socio-demographic and residential situations were more dependent on local green space, and good relationships between neighbours in this low-income area led to more frequent use of green space. The most important and fundamental requirements for green space are easy accessibility and safety. Also, physical and social activities must be promoted through the use of green space. As since green space can play a significant and positive social role in deprived neighbourhoods, both the quantity and quality of such spaces should be strongly considered as part of any revitalization efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-871
Number of pages17
JournalIndoor and Built Environment
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 1

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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