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Psychometric Properties of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children in a Cohort of Primary School Children From the UK

Thomas, Erica and Upton, Dominic and Peters, D.M. and Mason, Victoria (2009) Psychometric Properties of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children in a Cohort of Primary School Children From the UK. In: Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, 9th-11th September 2009, Aston University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background: In order to determine levels of physical activity in different populations accurate measurement tools are needed. The Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children (PAQ-C) is a self-administered seven-day recall questionnaire designed to assess MVPA in children aged 8 to 14 years. To date, the instrument has been validated in predominantly white Canadian samples. The purpose of the present study was to determine the psychometric properties of the PAQ-C in a cohort of children from the UK. Method: Study one examined general test score characteristics, internal consistency, test re-test reliability and factor structure of the PAQ-C in a sample of primary school children from the West Midlands. Sensitivity to detect gender differences was also examined. Study two sought to determine the criterion validity of the PAQ-C by comparing it with four-day activity counts measured via accelerometry. Findings: Results show that the PAQ-C had acceptable item and test score characteristics, such as item distribution, item total correlations and internal consistency. Results also supported the implied single factor structure of the PAQ-C in this population as well as its sensitivity to detect gender differences; as expected males were significantly more active than females. Two week test re-test reliability was acceptable. Discussion: Preliminary analyses suggest that the PAQ-C is a valid and reliable method to assess MVPA in this group.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity, older children
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2013 10:48
Last Modified: 04 May 2013 05:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2194

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