Publications

Influences on Neighborhood Walking in Older Adults

The purpose of this cross-sectional survey study was to examine the influence of self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and environment on neighborhood walking in older adults with (n = 163, mean age = 78.7, SD = 7.96 years) and without (n = 163, mean age = 73.6,SD = 7.93 years) mobility limitations, controlling for demographic characteristics. Multiple regression revealed that in mobility-limited older adults, demographic characteristics, self-efficacy, and outcome expectations explained 17.4% of variance in neighborhood walking, while environment (neighborhood destinations and design) explained 9.4%. Destinations, self-efficacy, sex, and outcome expectations influenced walking. In those without mobility limitations, demographic characteristics, self-efficacy, and outcome expectations explained 15.6% of the variance, while environment explained 5.6%. Self-efficacy, sex, and design influenced walking. Neighborhood walking interventions for older adults should include self-efficacy strategies tailored to mobility status and neighborhood characteristics.