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Volume 9 Issue 5 (September/October 1999), Pages 321-394

The Neighbourhood Youth Inventory: development and validation (pages 355-368)

  • Author(s): H. M. Chipuer, G. H. Pretty, E. Delorey, M. Miller, T. Powers, O. Rumstein, A. Barnes, N. Cordasic, K. Laurent
  • Published 08 Oct 1999
  • DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1298(199909/10)9:5<355::AID-CASP511>3.0.CO;2-6


This paper describes the development and validation of an inventory to uncover youths' experiences in their neighbourhoods. The Neighbourhood Youth Inventory (NYI) was developed from conversations with youths in Grades 7, 9 and 11. This paper reports the psychometric analyses of the NYI. Responses from 934 youths (511 urban, 423 rural) to the NYI resulted in a four‐factor solution. This solution was stable across responses from youths in Grades 7, 9 and 11, and for urban and rural youths. Cronbach alphas ranged from 0.64 to 0.94. Construct, convergent and discriminant validity of the NYI subscales are demonstrated. Using the NYI we will be able to assess youths' experiences within their neighbourhoods, which may contribute to a more ecological understanding of healthy developmental outcomes beyond family, peer and school environments. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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