Assessment and analysis of housing accessibility: adapting the environmental component of the housing enabler to United States applications

Lien, Laura L., Steggell, Carmen D., Slaug, Björn and Iwarsson, Susanne (2015) Assessment and analysis of housing accessibility: adapting the environmental component of the housing enabler to United States applications. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, . doi:10.1007/s10901-015-9475-0


Author Lien, Laura L.
Steggell, Carmen D.
Slaug, Björn
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Assessment and analysis of housing accessibility: adapting the environmental component of the housing enabler to United States applications
Journal name Journal of Housing and the Built Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1566-4910
1573-7772
Publication date 2015-08-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10901-015-9475-0
Total pages 16
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The home environment is a primary context for daily activities, especially among older adults and persons with disabilities. Functional and age-related decline can generate problems in relation to certain environmental features, necessitating modifications or other provisions of support. The determination of appropriate home interventions is best served using a person–environment (P–E) fit approach, which considers both environmental barriers and functional limitations in measuring the magnitude of accessibility problems. In the United States (U.S.), there are few valid and reliable instruments utilizing this approach. This study aimed to adapt the environmental component of the Swedish Housing Enabler (HE) for valid use in the U.S., and furthermore investigate the inter-rater agreement of the instrument. Statistical analyses of fifty pairwise home assessments show the environmental component of the U.S. HE to be sufficiently reliable (κ = 0.410, percentage of agreement = 81 %) for the region of study. A valid and reliable U.S. HE has the potential to inform appropriate housing environment interventions and therefore improve U.S. housing stock, the majority of which is currently considered inaccessible for residents with functional limitations.
Keyword Accessibility
Assessment
Home Environment
Housing standards
Person environment (P E) fit
Reliability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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