PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (7): 999-1010.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.07.013

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Health effects of daily activities in different gender groups: Take Guangzhou as an example

Jiangyu SONG1,2(), Suhong ZHOU1,2,*(), Lin LIU3,4,5, Dongping LONG1,2, Luzi Xiao1,2   

  1. 1. School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
    2. Guangdong Provincial Engineering Research Center for Public Security and Disaster, Guangzhou 510275, China
    3. School of Geographic Sciences, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006, China
    4. Center of Geo-Informatics for Public Security, School of Geographic Sciences, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006, China
    5. Department of Geography, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0131, USA
  • Received:2017-03-26 Revised:2017-08-26 Online:2018-07-28 Published:2018-07-28
  • Contact: Suhong ZHOU;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41522104,No.41531178;Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, No.2017A030313228


Public health has become a key issue in urban study particularly under the background of China's urban transformation. Previous research has little concerned about residents' health from a perspective of daily activities, and most of the existing studies were conducted in cities of Western developed countries. Based on a questionnaire survey, a structural equation model was applied to explore the relationship between the built environment, daily activities, and health of different gender groups. It is concluded that there exist different paths and degrees of influence of different gender groups. Built environment and daily activities have greater influence on women' s health. Health disparities also exist between female subgroups. As a vital variable, daily activity helps to understand the gender difference of effects on health. These conclusions broaden the framework of health influencing factor and mechanism study, and deepen the understanding of health in gender roles from a perspective of daily activities.

Key words: health, daily activities, gender difference, structural equation model, Guangzhou