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dc.contributor.authorThomas, E. and Upton, D.
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dc.date.accessioned2017-07-20T08:42:56Z
dc.date.available2017-07-20T08:42:56Z
dc.date.issued2014-02-20
dc.identifier.citationThomas, E., & Upton, D. (2014). Psychometric properties of the physical activity questionnaire for older children (PAQ-C) in the UK. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15 (3) pp 280-287. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.02.002
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.02.002
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620558
dc.description.abstractObjectives The Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children (PAQ-C) is a validated self-report questionnaire designed to assess moderate to vigorous physical activity in children. Currently however, there are no data supporting the use of the PAQ-C in British samples. Design Two studies using independent samples assessed the psychometric properties of the PAQ-C in children aged 9–11 from the UK. Method Study one (N = 336) examined general test score characteristics, internal reliability, factor structure and construct validity of the PAQ-C with the Self-Report Habit Index (SRHI). Study two (N = 131) re-examined the factor structure and assessed convergent validity with BMI and cardiovascular fitness (CVF). Results The PAQ-C had acceptable item distribution, item total correlations (>.30) and internal reliability (α = .82 & .84). Exploratory factor analyses (EFA) identified two factors which appear to be sensitive to the context in which the activity is performed ‘in school’ and ‘out of school’. The PAQ-C was related to the SRHI (r = .30) and inversely related to CVF (r = −.38) but not with BMI. Conclusions With the exception of one problematic item; physical activity during PE, several analyses suggested that the PAQ-C had acceptable measurement properties in this group. Pragmatically, the ease of use and efficient format of the PAQ-C makes it a feasible option for large studies and/or when time, money and manpower are limited. That said, further development of the PAQ-C may be required for younger samples and its usefulness for intervention research has yet to be established.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1469029214000223?via%3Dihub
dc.subjectFactor analysis
dc.subjectMeasurement
dc.subjectPsychometrics
dc.subjectReliability
dc.subjectValidity
dc.titlePsychometric properties of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for older children (PAQ-C) in the UK
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
dc.date.accepted2014-02-03
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-07-20
dc.source.volume15
dc.source.issue3
dc.source.beginpage280
dc.source.endpage287
refterms.versionFCDAM
refterms.dateFOA2018-10-17T06:30:57Z
html.description.abstractObjectives The Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children (PAQ-C) is a validated self-report questionnaire designed to assess moderate to vigorous physical activity in children. Currently however, there are no data supporting the use of the PAQ-C in British samples. Design Two studies using independent samples assessed the psychometric properties of the PAQ-C in children aged 9–11 from the UK. Method Study one (N = 336) examined general test score characteristics, internal reliability, factor structure and construct validity of the PAQ-C with the Self-Report Habit Index (SRHI). Study two (N = 131) re-examined the factor structure and assessed convergent validity with BMI and cardiovascular fitness (CVF). Results The PAQ-C had acceptable item distribution, item total correlations (>.30) and internal reliability (α = .82 & .84). Exploratory factor analyses (EFA) identified two factors which appear to be sensitive to the context in which the activity is performed ‘in school’ and ‘out of school’. The PAQ-C was related to the SRHI (r = .30) and inversely related to CVF (r = −.38) but not with BMI. Conclusions With the exception of one problematic item; physical activity during PE, several analyses suggested that the PAQ-C had acceptable measurement properties in this group. Pragmatically, the ease of use and efficient format of the PAQ-C makes it a feasible option for large studies and/or when time, money and manpower are limited. That said, further development of the PAQ-C may be required for younger samples and its usefulness for intervention research has yet to be established.


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