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, doi: 10.1080/10913670701715190.

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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
Total pages 21
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-01
ISSN 1091-367X
Keyword(s) walking
perceived built environment
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
DOI 10.1080/10913670701715190
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
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