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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2013

Children's affective experience of every-day travel

Westman, Jessica; Olsson, Lars E.; Mårtensson, Fredrika; Friman, Margareta; Johansson, Maria


This study aims to evaluate if children's affective experience of every-day travel varies depending on travel mode and destination of travel. More specifically, what are children's reported valence (unpleasantness-pleasantness) and activation (deactivation-activation) while travelling to different destinations and does this experience have spill-over effects on how they perceive activities at the destination. 206 Children (101 girls) recorded their travels in a diary throughout a school week along with reports of travel mode, experience of every-day travel, activities on arrival, and the experiences of activities. Results showed that average valence and activation was significantly lower while travelling to school than travelling to other destinations. Degree of activation during a school day was significantly lower for those who had travelled by car than for those who had cycled to school. Girls experienced less activation than boys on their way to school and during a school day when they had travelled by car. It is concluded that children's affective experiences differ depending on how they travel and where they go. Moreover, there is a difference between boys' and girls' experiences. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Valence; Activation; Travel mode; Commuting to school

Published in

Journal of Transport Geography
2013, Volume: 29, pages: 95-102

    SLU Authors

      • Johansson, Maria

        • Lund University

      UKÄ Subject classification

      Landscape Architecture
      Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
      Applied Psychology

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