Clark, C. & D.L. Uzzell, 2002, The affordances of the home, neighbourhood, school and town centre for adolescents, in: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 22,
- Author : Clark, C. & D.L. Uzzell
- Year : 2002
- Journal/Series : Journal of Environmental Psychology
- Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 22
- Pages : 95-108
- Abstract in English : Gibson’s theory of affordances offers environmental psychology a method of examining the functional significance of environments for adolescents. The aim of this study was to develop rating scales that would measure the affordances of the home, neighbourhood, school and town centre for adolescents. In recent years Gibsons theory of affordances has been used to examine the relationship between the functional properties of the environment and how environments are used. The affordances of the environment are what it offers the animal, what it provides or furnish either good or ill. Affordances are therefore the possibility for action to an observer by an object in the environment. Objects have instantly detectable functions and are perceived in terms of what they afford, not what properties or qualities they have. Examples of affordances are listed. The principle finding of this study is that the neighbourhood, school and town centre can all support both social interaction and retreat behaviours.
- Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, adolescents, affordances, neighbourhoods, quality of life, quality, community quality. The term quality is not explicitly used, but in fact this article is on quality of children’s environments. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.