Community Support—Chicago Youth Development Study

Tolan‚ Gorman-Smith & Henry‚ 2001
1. I regularly stop and talk with people in my neighborhood.
2. I know most of the names of people on my block.
3. I am involved in neighborhood or block organizations that deal with neighborhood issues or problems.
4. I have done volunteer work in the last year to benefit my neighborhood.
This instrument can be found on page 326 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
Items 1-2:
Strongly agree=1
Strongly disagree=5
Items 3-4:
True=1‚ False=2
Reverse code items 1 and 2; recode items 3 and 4 as follows: 1 = 4; 2 = 2. Once items have been recoded‚ point values for all items are summed and then divided by the total number of items. A higher score indicates greater comfort and engagement in the neighborhood.

Tolan PH‚ Gorman-Smith D‚ Henry DB. Chicago Youth Development Study Community and Neighborhood Measure: construction and reliability technical report. Families and Communities Research Group‚ Department of Psychiatry‚ The University of Illinois at Chicago‚ 2001.