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Eval Rev. 2010 Jun;34(3):159-84. doi: 10.1177/0193841X10368493.

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.

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  • 1Department of Mental Health, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA. dholden@jhsph.edu

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.

PMID:
20479211
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PMCID:
PMC3042134
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