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dc.contributor.authorThomas, E.; Upton, D.
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-23T11:35:17Z
dc.date.available2017-11-23T11:35:17Z
dc.date.issued2014-02
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. Conclusion: 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.
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Worcester
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.subjectFactor analysis
dc.subjectMeasurement
dc.subjectPsychometrics
dc.subjectReliability
dc.subjectValidity
dc.titlePsychometric properties of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children in the UK
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
refterms.dateFOA2018-10-18T03:17:29Z
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. Conclusion: 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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