Neighborhood Cohesion Instrument

The Neighborhood Cohesion Instrument is an 18-item self-administered measure of psychological sense of community, attraction-to-neighborhood, and social interaction within a neighborhood.


High Psychometric Score

ITEMS:

1. Overall, I am very attracted to living in this neighborhood.
2. I feel like I belong to this neighborhood.
3. I visit with my neighbors in their homes.
4. The friendships and associations I have with other people in my neighborhood mean a lot to me.
5. Given the opportunity, I would like to move out of this neighborhood.*
6. If the people in my neighborhood were planning something, I'd think of it as something "we" were doing rather than "they" were doing.
7. If I needed advice about something I could go to someone in my neighborhood.
8. I think I agree with most people in my neighborhood about what is important in life.
9. I believe my neighbors would help me in an emergency.
10. I feel loyal to the people in my neighborhood.
11. I borrow things and exchange favors with my neighbors.
12. I would be willing to work together with others on something to improve my neighborhood.
13. I plan to remain a resident of this neighborhood for a number of years.
14. I like to think of myself as similar to the people who live in this neighborhood.
15. I rarely have neighbors over to my house to visit.*
16. A feeling of fellowship runs deep between me and other people in this neighborhood.
17. I regularly stop and talk with people in my neighborhood.
18. Living in this neighborhood gives me a sense of community.

Response Options:
Strongly agree- 1
Agree- 2
Neither agree/nor disagree- 3
Disagree- 4
Strongly disagree-5

*Items are reverse scored

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

Average scores are calculated to compute the total measure score.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Buckner, J. C. (1988). The development of an instrument to measure neighborhood cohesion. American Journal of Community Psychology, 16(6), 771-791. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00930892

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-Retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

HIGH
Total Score: 7.00/8 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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