Neighborhood Cohesion

Neighborhood Cohesion
Perkins‚ Florin & Rich‚ 1990
Adapted by Houston Community Demonstration Project‚ 1993
1. People on this block do not share the same values.
2. I have almost no influence over what this block is like.
3. If there is a problem on this block‚ people who live here can get it solved.
4. My neighbors and I want the same things for the block.
5. I feel at home on this block.
6. People on this block generally do not get along.
7. Occasionally‚ I visit with neighbors inside their homes.
8. Occasionally‚ my neighbors visit with me inside my home.
  • Avoidance of Discipline
  • Discipline Effectiveness
This instrument can be found on page 343 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Agree=1‚ Disagree=3‚ No opinion=2
Point values are assigned as indicated above. Items 3‚ 4‚ 5‚ 7 and 8 should be reverse coded (Agree = 3; Disagree = 1; No opinion = 2). Point values for all responses are summed and then divided by the totalnumber of items. Blank items are not counted in the total number of responses. Higher scores indicate higherlevels of a sense of belonging‚ cohesion‚ and shared values among neighbors on a block.

Perkins DD‚ Florin P‚ Rich RC‚ Wandersman A‚ Chavis DM. Participation and the social and physical environment of residential blocks: crime and community context. American Journal of Community Psychology 1990;18(1):83-115.

Houston Community Demonstration Project. Houston‚ TX: City of Houston Health and Human Services Department‚ 1993.