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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, Upton, Dominic, 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 (Unpublished)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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