Reliability of Self-reported Neighborhood Characteristics

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dc.contributor.author Echeverria, S. E.
dc.contributor.author Diez Roux, Ana V.
dc.contributor.author Link, Bruce G.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-24T17:30:21Z
dc.date.available 2008-01-24T17:30:21Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, Volume 81, Number 4, December 2004 , pp. 682-701(20) <http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/57744> en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/57744
dc.description.abstract The majority of studies examining the relation between neighborhood environments and health have used census-based indicators to characterize neighborhoods. These studies have shown that neighborhood socieconomic characteristics are associated with a range of health outcomes. Establishing if these associations reflect causal relations requires testing hypotheses regarding how specific features of neighborhoods are related to specific health outcomes. However, there is little information on the reliability of neighborhood measures. The purpose of this study was to estimate the reliability of a questionnaire measuring various self-reported measures of the neighborhood environment of possible relevance to cardiovascular disease. The study consisted of a faceto-face and telephone interview administered twice to 48 participants over a 2-week period. The face-to-face and telephone portions of the interview lasted an average of 5 and 11 minutes, respectively. The questionnaire was piloted among a largely Latino and African American study sample recruited from a public hospital setting in New York City. Scales were used to assess six neighborhood domains: aesthetic quality, walking/ exercise environment, safety from crime, violence, access to healthy foods, and social cohesion. Cronbach’s α’s ranged from. 77 to. 94 for the scales corresponding to these domains, with test-retest correlations ranging from 0.78 to 0.91. In addition neighborhood indices for presence of recreational facilities, quality of recreational facilities, neighborhood participation, and neighborhood problems were examined. Test-retest reliability measures for these indices ranged from 0.73 to 0.91. The results from this study suggested that self-reported neighborhood characteristics can be reliably measured en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Public Health en_US
dc.title Reliability of Self-reported Neighborhood Characteristics en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Public Health
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Health Sciences
dc.contributor.affiliationum Epidemiology, Department of en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampus Ann Arbor en_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/57744/1/Reliability of Self reported neighborhood characteristics.pdf en_US
dc.owningcollname Epidemiology, Department of (SPH)
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