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ERIC Number: EJ833250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Validity of a Self-Administered 3-Day Physical Activity Recall in Young Adults
Han, Jennifer L.; Dinger, Mary K.
American Journal of Health Education, v40 n1 p5-13 Jan-Feb 2009
Background: Most physical activity recall questionnaires assess activity over a 7-day period. However, questionnaires have been validated in adolescents and adults using shorter recall timeframes. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the validity of a self-administered 3-day physical activity recall instrument (3DR) in young adults. Methods: Thirty-nine participants (age: 21.0 [plus or minus] 2.2 years; body mass index: 23.3 [plus or minus] 3.3 kg/m[superscript 2]) wore an accelerometer during all waking hours for seven consecutive days and completed the 3DR on the eighth day. Results: During the 3-day recall period, participants accumulated 283,488.1 [plus or minus] 86,792.3 counts/day, 347.0 [plus or minus] 102.5 counts/minute, and reported spending 23.3 (IQR = 35.0) and 11.7 (IQR = 43.3) minutes in moderate and vigorous intensity activity, respectively. Counts/day and counts/minute correlated with self-reported minutes of vigorous activity (rs=0.40, p=0.01 for both variables). Discussion: Results indicate that the validity indices of the vigorous 3DR items are similar to other self-report physical activity questionnaires. Translation to Health Education Practice: Health education and promotion professionals should consider using the 3DR when evaluating physical activity interventions in college students and young adults. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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