Neighboring Activities Index

The Neighboring Activities index is a 10-item measure that captures respondent's social contact and willingness to exchange goods and services with neighbors.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults


1. How many people who live on your block would you recognize?
2. How many of the names do you know of the people who live on this block? With how many people on this block would you say you have a neighborly relationship?
3. How many of the people on your block do you see socially at least three or four times a year?
4. How many people on this block do you consider close friends?
5. With how many people on your block would you feel comfortable having the following contacts?
6. How many people on the block would you feel comfortable asking to borrow some food or a tool?
7. Talking about a personal problem?
8. Asking to watch your house while you're away?
9. Asking to help you with a house repair?
10. Asking for a ride when your car is not working?

Response Options:
Range 1-5; None - Almost Everyone

Scoring Procedures

Scores of individual items were added to get the composite score. Score ranged from 10-50.

Original Citation

Unger, D. G., & Wandersman, A. (1982). Neighboring in an urban environment. American Journal of Community Psychology, 10(5), 493-509.

Psychometric Score

Ease of Use Score

Scoring breakdown

Formative Research

Qualitative Research

Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

Field Expert Input

Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing








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