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The Current and Retrospective Intentional Nature Exposure Scales: Development and Factorial Validity.

Wood, Carly and Barron, David and Smyth, Nina (2019) 'The Current and Retrospective Intentional Nature Exposure Scales: Development and Factorial Validity.' International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (22). ISSN 1660-4601

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Both nature exposure and green exercise (GE) can improve health. However, there are no scales examining frequency of engagement; or that consider interaction with nature. There are also no scales assessing these variables during childhood. The aim of this study was to develop a modified (NES-II) and retrospective (RNES-II) version of the Nature Exposure Scale to incorporate GE and to examine their factor structure and reliability. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) explored the factor structure of the scales; followed by confirmatory factor analysis to confirm the model fit. Fit indices for the one factor five item NES-II and RNES-II models identified by EFA were poor. Use of modification indices resulted in a good model fit; NES-II: χ(5, n = 385) = 2.638; χnormed = 0.879; CFI= 1.000; RMSEA < 0.001 with 90%CI = 0.000-0.082; SRMR = 0.009; AIC = 36.638. RNES-II: χ(2, n = 385) = 7.149; χnormed = 3.574; CFI = 0.995; RMSEA = 0.082 with 90%CI = 0.023-0.151; SRMR = 0.015; AIC = 43.149. Both models demonstrated very good reliability (α = 0.84; 89 respectively). These findings indicate that the scales can be used to assess current and retrospective nature exposure. However, due to the removal of item one, the authors recommend that the scales be named the 'intentional nature exposure scale' and 'retrospective intentional nature exposure scale'.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Exercise, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Retrospective Studies, Reproducibility of Results, Psychometrics, Models, Theoretical, City Planning, Child, Female, Male, Surveys and Questionnaires
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2020 15:32
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2020 16:15

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