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Neighborhood quality and attachment: Validation of the Revised Residential Environment Assessment Tool

Poortinga, Wouter, Calve, Tatiana, Jones, Nikki, Lannon, Simon, Rees, Tabitha, Rodgers, Sarah E., Lyons, Ronan A. and Johnson, Rhodri 2017. Neighborhood quality and attachment: Validation of the Revised Residential Environment Assessment Tool. Environment and Behavior 49 (3) , pp. 255-282. 10.1177/0013916516634403

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Various studies have shown that neighborhood quality is linked to neighborhood attachment and satisfaction. However, most have relied upon residents’ own perceptions rather than independent observations of the neighborhood environment. This study examines the reliability and validity of the revised Residential Environment Assessment Tool (REAT 2.0), an audit instrument covering both public and private spaces of the neighborhood environment. The research shows that REAT 2.0 is a reliable, easy-to-use instrument and that most underlying constructs can be validated against residents’ own neighborhood perceptions. The convergent validity of the instrument, which was tested against digital map data, can be improved for a number of miscellaneous urban form items. The research further found that neighborhood attachment was significantly associated with the overall REAT 2.0 score. This association can mainly be attributed to the property-level neighborhood quality and natural elements components. The research demonstrates the importance of private spaces in the outlook of the neighborhood environment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Additional Information: This paper is published under the terms of the CC-BY licence.
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0013-9165
Funders: National Institute for Health Research
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 21 January 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 14:30

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