ERIC Number: EJ1212881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Factorial Invariance of the Abbreviated Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale among Senior Women in the Nurses' Health Study Cohort
Starnes, Heather A.; McDonough, Meghan H.; Wilson, Jeffrey S.; Mroczek, Daniel K.; Laden, Francine; Troped, Philip J.
Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, v23 n2 p135-147 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine the factorial invariance of the Abbreviated Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale (NEWS-A) across subgroups based on demographic, health-related, behavioral, and environmental characteristics among Nurses' Health Study participants (N = 2,919; age M = 73.0, SD = 6.9 years) living in California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. A series of multigroup confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to evaluate increasingly restrictive hypotheses of factorial invariance. Factorial invariance was supported across age, walking limitations, and neighborhood walking. Only partial scalar invariance was supported across state residence and neighborhood population density. This evidence provides support for using the NEWS-A with older women of different ages, who have different degrees of walking limitations, and who engage in different amounts of neighborhood walking. Partial scalar invariance suggests that researchers should be cautious when using the NEWS-A to compare older adults living in different states and neighborhoods with different levels of population density.
Descriptors: Older Adults, Females, Neighborhoods, Measures (Individuals), Physical Activities, Age Differences, Physical Environment, Health, Recreational Activities, Construct Validity, Population Distribution
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: California; Massachusetts; Pennsylvania