ERIC Number: EJ1030669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Accelerometer-Measured versus Self-Reported Physical Activity in College Students: Implications for Research and Practice
Downs, Andrew; Van Hoomissen, Jacqueline; Lafrenz, Andrew; Julka, Deana L.
Journal of American College Health, v62 n3 p204-212 2014
Objective: To determine the level of moderate-vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) assessed via self-report and accelerometer in the college population, and to examine intrapersonal and contextual variables associated with physical activity (PA). Participants: Participants were 77 college students at a university in the northwest sampled between January 2011 and December 2011. Methods: Participants completed a validated self-report measure of PA and measures of athletic identity and benefits and barriers to exercise. Participants' PA levels were assessed for 2 weeks via accelerometry. Results: Participants' estimations of their time spent engaged in MVPA were significantly higher when measured via self-report versus accelerometry. Stronger athletic identity, perceived social benefits and barriers, and time-effort barriers were related to PA levels. Conclusions: Estimation of college students' level of PA may require interpretation of data from different measurement methods, as self-report and accelerometry generate different estimations of PA in college students who may be even less active than previously believed.
Descriptors: Measurement Equipment, Athletics, Self Concept, Barriers, Physical Activity Level, College Students, Context Effect, Correlation, Data Interpretation, Exercise
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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