Neighborhood Questionnaire

Abstract

The Neighborhood Questionnaire is a 16-item measure that assesses a parent's satisfaction with the family's neighborhood. The questionnaire explores sociability in the neighborhood, the neighborhood's stability, the quality of public services (police, schools, transportation, garbage collection), neighborhood safety, the incidence of violent crime, drug traffic in the neighborhood, the parent's involvement with neighbors, and the parent's participation in neighborhood organizations. Responses include three-point, four-point, five-point, six-point, and dichotomous scales. One item has nine response choices. Items ask about satisfaction level, quality, duration, quantity, level of involvement, and frequency. Three items are yes/no questions.

This measure has three subscales: the Neighborhood Safety Subscale (items 1, 6, 10, 11, and 12), the Neighborhood Social Involvement Subscale (items 3, 4, 5, and 13), and the Public Services Subscale (items 8 and 9). A previous analysis determined that items 2, 7, and 15 should not be included on any subscale, and that items 14 and 16, which are dichotomous, should also be excluded from the subscales. The ordering of responses in items 10 and 11 was reversed before scoring. Raw scores for items 1 to 13 were converted to a ten-point scale.

T-tests of means for three subscales and two independent items (2 and 7) do not show a significant difference between the normative and the high-risk control groups. Analysts should also be aware that items on the Neighborhood Questionnaire contain several different response scales and response metrics. Additionally, item and subscale intercorrelations are modest.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: PyG
Scored Dataset Name: NHQySPc

Keywords

Neighborhood Characteristics, Involvement, Community Relations, Participation, Safety, Services.