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Pettigrew S.,UWA Business School | Tarabashkina L.,University of Adelaide | Roberts M.,UWA Business School | Quester P.,University of Adelaide | And 2 more authors.
Public Health Nutrition | Year: 2013

Objective: The current study examined the impact of television and Internet food advertising on Australian parents and children.Design: Parents and their children aged 8 to 14 years were exposed to a television advertisement, an Internet advertisement or a control picture for four commonly advertised energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods.Setting: Online web panel survey, Australia.Subjects: Parents (n 1302) and their children aged 8 to 14 years (n 1302).Results: After a single exposure to each advertisement, parent respondents in the two exposure conditions evaluated the products more favourably, had a greater desire to consume the products and thought the product could be consumed more frequently than those in the control condition. Similar trends were observed among children, although the differences were statistically significant only for the frequency of food consumption in the Internet advertisement condition and the evaluation of one product.Conclusions: The results have implications for assumptions of adults' immunity to advertising. This is of particular importance in efforts to address child obesity and the reliance on parents to mediate the effects of food advertising. Copyright © 2013 The Authors. Source

Olaru D.,UWA Business School | Smith B.,UWA Business School | Taplin J.H.E.,UWA Business School
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice | Year: 2011

The relationship of form, use, and density in urban development and their influence on human behavior and travel is a key element of many land use and transport policies. Prior research indicates high-density urban development leads to decreased travel and thus sustainable mobility; however, personal attitudes seem to have greater effect on mobility than does the urban form. This research evaluates how households consider transit-oriented development (TOD) characteristics in their location decisions with regard to new Mandurah railway line stations opened in December 2007 in Perth, Western Australia. The results indicate that the choice of residence reflects neighborhood and housing attributes, with significant heterogeneity in the populations of the three precincts in terms of their valuation of various housing characteristics, proximity to urban facilities, and transport. There is also significant variation in households' attitudes to natural and artificial environments. A better understanding of the complex relationships among environment, travel, socio-demographic characteristics, and household attitudes can help transport planners leverage the benefits of TOD and improve the quality of urban design and community life. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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