Evaluating a brief self-report measure of neighborhood environments for physical activity research and surveillance: Physical Activity Neighborhood Environment Scale (PANES)

James F. Sallis, Jacqueline Kerr, Jordan A. Carlson, Gregory J. Norman, Brian E. Saelens, Nefertiti Durant, Barbara Ainsworth

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Abstract

Background: Neighborhood environment attributes of walkability and access to recreation facilities have been related to physical activity and weight status, but most self-report environment measures are lengthy. The 17-item PANES (Physical Activity Neighborhood Environment Scale) was developed to be comprehensive but brief enough for use in multipurpose surveys. The current study evaluated test-retest and alternate-form reliability of PANES items compared with multi-item subscales from the longer NEWS-A (Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale-Abbreviated). Methods: Participants were 291 adults recruited from neighborhoods that varied in walkability in 3 US cities. Surveys were completed twice with a 27-day interval. Results: Test-retest ICCs for PANES items ranged from .52 to .88. Spearman correlations for the PANES single item vs NEWS-A subscale comparisons ranged from .27 to .81 (all P < .01). Conclusions: PANES items related to land use mix, residential density, pedestrian infrastructure, aesthetic qualities, and safety from traffc and crime were supported by correlations with NEWS-A subscales. Access to recreation facilities and street connectivity items were not supported. The brevity of PANES allows items to be included in studies or surveillance systems to expand knowledge about neighborhood environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-540
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • Built environment
  • Exercise
  • Health promotion
  • Obesity
  • Policy
  • Transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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