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, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 31-51.

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Title An Australian version of the neighborhood environment walkability scale : validity evidence
Author(s) Cerin, Ester
Leslie, Eva
Owen, Neville
Bauman, Adrian
Journal name Measurement in physical education and exercise science
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 31
End page 51
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-01
ISSN 1091-367X
1532-7841
Keyword(s) walking
perceived built environment
news
validity evidence
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017087

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