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01.12.2012 | Ausgabe 10/2012

Quality of Life Research 10/2012

Adaptation and cognitive testing of physical activity measures for use with young, school-aged children and their parents

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Quality of Life Research > Ausgabe 10/2012
Autoren:
Janie M. Leary, Christa Ice, Lesley Cottrell

Abstract

Background

Increasing physical activity is one way to address the public health concern of childhood obesity. Physical activity measures for use with young, school-aged children are limited.

Methods

This study adapted two existing activity measures for young children, specifically self-efficacy and 7-day recall of physical activity.

Results

Through expert review and cognitive testing, the scales were adapted for use with young, school-aged children (ages 7–9). This article describes how the measures were adapted to insure comprehension of the child self-report measures. Reliability analyses provide support for their use in this population [Cronbach’s alpha = 0.76 for the self-efficacy scale; moderate correlation between parent report and child report of child physical activity over the past week (rho = 0.52, P < 0.01].

Conclusions

Suggestions are offered for researchers interested in using similar methods when designing and adapting physical activity measures for new populations.

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