Measuring and Validating Physical Activity and Ssedentary Behavior Comparing a Parental Questionnaire to Accelerometer Data and Diaries

Bringolf-Isler, Bettina; Mäder, Urs; Ruch, Nicole; Kriemler, Susi; Grize, Leticia; Braun-Fahrländer, Charlotte (2012). Measuring and Validating Physical Activity and Ssedentary Behavior Comparing a Parental Questionnaire to Accelerometer Data and Diaries Pediatric Exercise Science, 24(2), pp. 229-245. Human Kinetics 10.1123/pes.24.2.229

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Accurately measuring children's physical activity and their sedentary behavior is challenging. The present study compared 189 parental responses to a questionnaire surveying physical activity and sedentary behavior of children aged 6-14 years, to accelerometer outputs and time activity diaries for the same group. Responses were analyzed taking age, sex and maternal education into account. Correlation coefficients between questionnaire reports and accelerometer-based physical activity across all age groups were acceptable (up to r = .55). Yet, adjustment for age markedly attenuated these associations, suggesting concomitant influences of biological and behavioral processes linked to age. The comparisons of general time indications in the questionnaire with 24h-diary records suggested that parents tended to under- and over-report single activities, possibly due to social desirability. We conclude that physical activity questionnaires need to be designed for specific age groups and be administered in combination with objective measurements.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM

Name:

Bringolf-Isler, Bettina;
Mäder, Urs;
Ruch, Nicole;
Kriemler, Susi;
Grize, Leticia and
Braun-Fahrländer, Charlotte

ISSN:

0899-8493 (Print) 1543-2920 (Online)

Publisher:

Human Kinetics

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

14 Apr 2021 10:43

Last Modified:

24 Sep 2021 02:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1123/pes.24.2.229

PubMed ID:

22728415

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Acceleration Adolescent Age Factors Child Confidence intervals Female Humans Male Medical Records Statistics & numerical data Motor activity physiology Parents Reproducibility of results Sedentary behavior Sex factors Statistics Nonparametric Surveys and questionnaires Time factors

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/11066

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