Factors affecting parent’s perception on air quality-from the individual to the community level

Yulin Guo, Fengfeng Liu, Yuanan Lu, Zongfu Mao, Hanson Lu, Yanyan Wu, Yuanyuan Chu, Lichen Yu, Yisi Liu, Meng Ren, Na Li, Xi Chen, Hao Xiang

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The perception of air quality significantly affects the acceptance of the public of the government’s environmental policies. The aim of this research is to explore the relationship between the perception of the air quality of parents and scientific monitoring data and to analyze the factors that affect parents’ perceptions. Scientific data of air quality were obtained from Wuhan’s environmental condition reports. One thousand parents were investigated for their knowledge and perception of air quality. Scientific data show that the air quality of Wuhan follows an improving trend in general, while most participants believed that the air quality of Wuhan has deteriorated, which indicates a significant difference between public perception and reality. On the individual level, respondents with an age of 40 or above (40 or above: OR = 3.252; 95% CI: 1.170-9.040), a higher educational level (college and above: OR = 7.598; 95% CI: 2.244-25.732) or children with poor healthy conditions (poor: OR = 6.864; 95% CI: 2.212-21.302) have much more negative perception of air quality. On the community level, industrial facilities, vehicles and city construction have major effects on parents’ perception of air quality. Our investigation provides baseline information for environmental policy researchers and makers regarding the public’s perception and expectation of air quality and the benefits to the environmental policy completing and enforcing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number493
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 12 2016

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  • Air quality
  • Community level
  • Factors
  • Individual level
  • Perceived

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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