Development and validation of the neighborhood environment walkability scale for youth across six continents.

Show simple item record Cerin, Ester en Conway, Terry L en Barnett, Anthony en Smith, Melody en Veitch, Jenny en Cain, Kelli L en Salonna, Ferdinand en Reis, Rodrigo S en Molina-García, Javier en Hinckson, Erica en Muda, Wan Abdul Manan Wan en Anjana, Ranjit Mohan en van Dyck, Delfien en Oyeyemi, Adewale L en Timperio, Anna en Christiansen, Lars Breum en Mitáš, Josef en Mota, Jorge en Moran, Mika en Islam, Mohammed Zakiul en Mellecker, Robin R en Sallis, James F en 2020-02-11T22:48:15Z en 2019-12-03 en
dc.identifier.citation International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity 16(1):122 03 Dec 2019 en
dc.identifier.issn 1479-5868 en
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dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND:The IPEN International Physical Activity and Environment Network Adolescent project was conducted using common study protocols to document the strength, shape, and generalizability of associations of perceived neighborhood environment attributes with adolescents' physical activity and overweight/obesity using data from 15 countries. Countries did not use identical versions of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale for Youth (NEWS-Y) to measure perceived neighborhood environment attributes. Therefore, this study derived a measurement model for NEWS-Y items common to all IPEN Adolescent countries and developed a scoring protocol for the IPEN Adolescent version of the NEWS-Y (NEWS-Y-IPEN) that maximizes between-country comparability of responses. Additionally, this study examined between- and within-country variability, and construct validity of the NEWS-Y-IPEN subscales in relation to neighborhood-level socio-economic status and walkability. METHODS:Adolescents and one of their parents (N = 5714 dyads) were recruited from neighborhoods varying in walkability and socio-economic status. To measure perceived neighborhood environment, 14 countries administered the NEWS-Y to parents and one country to adolescents. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to derive comparable country-specific measurement models of the NEWS-Y-IPEN. Country-specific standard deviations quantified within-country variability in the NEWS-Y-IPEN subscales, while linear mixed models determined the percentage of subscale variance due to between-country differences. To examine the construct validity of NEWS-Y-IPEN subscales, we estimated their associations with the categorical measures of area-level walkability and socio-economic status. RESULTS:Final country-specific measurement models of the factor-analyzable NEWS-Y-IPEN items provided acceptable levels of fit to the data and shared the same factorial structure with five latent factors (Accessibility and walking facilities; Traffic safety; Pedestrian infrastructure and safety; Safety from crime; and Aesthetics). All subscales showed sufficient levels of within-country variability. Residential density had the highest level of between-country variability. Associations between NEWS-Y-IPEN subscales and area-level walkability and socio-economic status provided strong evidence of construct validity. CONCLUSIONS:A robust measurement model and common scoring protocol of NEWS-Y for the IPEN Adolescent project (NEWS-Y-IPEN) were derived. The NEWS-Y-IPEN possesses good factorial and construct validity, and is able to capture between-country variability in perceived neighborhood environments. Future studies employing NEWS-Y-IPEN should use the proposed scoring protocol to facilitate cross-study comparisons and interpretation of findings. en
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dc.language eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity en
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dc.subject Humans en
dc.subject Exercise en
dc.subject Walking en
dc.subject Reproducibility of Results en
dc.subject Adolescent Behavior en
dc.subject Health Behavior en
dc.subject Residence Characteristics en
dc.subject Adolescent en
dc.subject Surveys and Questionnaires en
dc.title Development and validation of the neighborhood environment walkability scale for youth across six continents. en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12966-019-0890-6 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 122 en
pubs.volume 16 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The authors en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't en
pubs.subtype research-article en
pubs.subtype Journal Article en
pubs.subtype Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural en
pubs.elements-id 789332 en Medical and Health Sciences en Nursing en
dc.identifier.eissn 1479-5868 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-12-05 en
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