MESA Perceived Neighborhood Safety

Measure Definition:

The MESA perceived neighborhood safety measure is based on three items addressing safety while walking, day or night, whether violence is not a problem and whether the neighborhood is safe from crime. Items were scored 1 (Strongly agree) to 5 (Strongly disagree) and a scale was based on the sum.


Neighborhood Characteristics

Construct Definition (and Source):

Characteristics that may describe the demographic, social, built environment, or economic characteristics of a geographic area in which people live and can affect health and well-being of neighborhood residents. Neighborhood environments include the physical environment (unsafe air/water), built environment (sidewalks/greenspace) and the social environment (safety, sense of community). (MeSH)

Selected References

Citation PubMed ID

Mujahid MS, Diez Roux AV, Morenoff JD, Raghunathan T. Assessing the measurement properties of neighborhood scales: from psychometrics to ecometrics. Am J Epidemiol. 2007 Apr 15;165(8):858-67. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwm040. Epub 2007 Feb 28. PMID: 17329713.