An Australian version of the neighborhood environment walkability scale: Validity evidence

Cerin, Ester, Leslie, Eva, Owen, Neville and Bauman, Adrian (2008) An Australian version of the neighborhood environment walkability scale: Validity evidence. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 12 1: 31-51.


Author Cerin, Ester
Leslie, Eva
Owen, Neville
Bauman, Adrian
Title An Australian version of the neighborhood environment walkability scale: Validity evidence
Journal name Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-7841
1091-367X
Publication date 2008-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10913670701715190
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 31
End page 51
Total pages 21
Editor Yuanlong Liu
Place of publication New York, U.S.A.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
111712 Health Promotion
920401 Behaviour and Health
Abstract This study examined validity evidence for the Australian version of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale (NEWS-AU). A stratified two-stage cluster sampling design was used to recruit 2,650 adults from Adelaide (Australia). The sample was drawn from residential addresses within eight high-walkable and eight low-walkable suburbs matched for socio-economic status (SES). Neighborhood walkability was measured using Geographic Information Systems data on dwelling density, intersection density, net retail area, and land-use mix. Participants completed the NEWS-AU and reported weekly minutes of walking for transport and recreation (International Physical Activity Questionnaire [IPAQ]). Multilevel confirmatory factor analysis (MCFA) was used to define the individual- and Census Collection District (CCD)-level measurement model of the NEWS-AU. Seven individual-level and five CCD-level factors were identified. These measurement models were somewhat similar to those of the original Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale (NEWS). Patterns of associations between the NEWS-AU factors/scales and the walking measures provided some validity evidence for the instrument.
Keyword Walking
Perceived built environment
NEWS
Validity evidence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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