Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale for Youth (NEWS-Y): Reliability and Relationship With Physical Activity

This research aimed to examine the psychometric properties of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale-Youth (NEWS-Y) and explore its associations with context-specific and overall physical activity (PA) among youth. In 2005, parents of children ages 5–11 (n = 116), parents of adolescents ages 12–18 (n = 171), and adolescents ages 12–18 (n = 171) from Boston, Cincinnati, and San Diego, completed NEWS-Y surveys regarding perceived land use mix-diversity, recreation facility availability, pedestrian/automobile traffic safety, crime safety, aesthetics, walking/cycling facilities, street connectivity, land use mix-access, and residential density. A standardized neighborhood environment score was derived. Self-reported activity in the street and in parks, and walking to parks, shops, school, and overall physical activity were assessed. The NEWS-Y subscales had acceptable test–retest reliability (ICC range .56–.87). Being active in a park, walking to a park, walking to shops, and walking to school were related to multiple environmental attributes in all 3 participant groups. Total neighborhood environment, recreation facilities, walking and cycling facilities, and land use mix-access had the most consistent relationships with specific types of activity. The NEWS-Y has acceptable reliability and subscales were significantly correlated with specific types of youth PA. The NEWS-Y can be used to examine neighborhood environment correlates of youth PA.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from Elsevier
  • Authors:
    • Rosenberg, Dori
    • Ding, Ding
    • Sallis, James F
    • Kerr, Jacqueline
    • Norman, Gregory J
    • Durant, Nefertiti
    • Harris, Sion K
    • Saelens, Brian E
  • Publication Date: 2009-8


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  • Accession Number: 01148034
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 5 2010 1:40PM