Metric properties of the neighborhood inventory for environmental typology (NIfETy): An environmental assessment tool for measuring indicators of violence, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug exposures

C. D.M. Furr-Holden, K. D.M. Campbell, A. J. Milam, M. J. Smart, N. A. Ialongo, P. J. Leaf

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Abstract

Objectives: Establish metric properties of the Neighborhood Inventory for Environmental Typology (NIfETy). Method: A total of 919 residential block faces were assessed by paired raters using the NIfETy. Reliability was evaluated via interrater and internal consistency reliability; validity by comparing NIfETy data with youth self-reported violence, alcohol, and other drug exposure and crime statistics. Results: Validity and reliability metrics were moderate to exemplary for the total scale and subscales. NIfETy data correlated strongly with crime data and youth self-reported exposure. Conclusions: The NIfETy is valid and reliable. Future investigations will explore its use in other urban centers and association to other health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-184
Number of pages26
JournalEvaluation Review
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Adolescent health
  • Innercity
  • Neighborhood
  • Reliability
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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