ERIC Number: EJ726719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 23
Validation Evidence for the Netherlands Physical Activity Questionnaire for Young Children: The Iowa Bone Development Study
Janz, Kathleen F.; Broffitt, Barbara; Levy, Steven M.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v76 n3 p363-369 Sep 2005
In this paper, the authors present reliability and validity information for the Netherlands (Health Education Project) Physical Activity Questionnaire (NPAQ), a global proxy report of children's everyday activity preferences (Montoye, Kemper, Saris, & Washburn, 1996). In this study, the authors examined the measurement properties of a global proxy report of young children's physical activity. Children (N= 204) and their parents were participants in the Iowa Bone Development Study (Janz et al., 2004). The children, 91 boys and 113 girls, were between ages 4 and 7 years (M age = 5.7 years, SD = 0.5). Children's height was (M = 112 cm, SD = 5) and weight was (M = 21 kg, SD = 3). Generalized estimating equations using unstructured covariance were used to simultaneously examine mean group differences over time for repeat measures and differences in measures between boys and girls, including a Gender x Time interaction. The results suggest moderate to good evidence for test-retest reliability of the NPAQ and low to moderate evidence for concurrent validity. Using trilogistic regression, the authors have shown that the NPAQ can be used to classify children into low and high activity groups approximately 70% of the time. The authors also examined the measurement properties of a proxy recall for TV viewing. Findings suggest moderate to good reliability for these measures and some support for validity.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Physical Activities, Physical Education, Validity, Child Behavior, Measures (Individuals), Questionnaires, Gender Differences, Body Height, Body Weight
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 1900 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1598. Web site: http://www.aahperd.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands