Assessing the Validity of a Physical Activity Questionnaire Developed for Parents of Preschool Children in Mexico

Authors

  • Montserrat Bacardi Gascón Facultad de Medicina y Psicología, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California & Unidad Universitaria, Avda, Universidad 14418, Parque Industrial Internacional, 22390 Tijuana, B.C.
  • Claudia Reveles Rojas Facultad de Medicina y Psicología, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
  • Gail Woodward Lopez Center for Weight and Health, University of California-Berkeley, 3 Giannini Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
  • Patricia Crawford Center for Weight and Health, University of California-Berkeley, 3 Giannini Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
  • Arturo Jiménez Cruz Facultad de Medicina y Psicología, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California & Unidad Universitaria, Avda, Universidad 14418, Parque Industrial Internacional, 22390 Tijuana, B.C.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v30i4.13327

Keywords:

Accelerometer, Physical activity, Preschool children, Validity assessment, Mexico

Abstract

To assess the validity of a questionnaire developed for parents of preschool children to know their physical activity (PA) status, we compared the questionnaire results with the measures of accelerometer for childrens activities. Thirty-five preschoolers who wore the accelerometer for at least 10 hours daily on 3 weekdays and one weekend day were included in the analyses. Time spent in activities of varied intensity was calculated by applying 15-second ActiGraph count cutoffs (ACC). Parents perceptions of their childrens PA were associated with the percentage of vigorous and moderate physical activity recorded with ACC at r=0.62 (p=0.0001). An association was shown between the percentage of a childs time spent in vigorous physical activity, as reported by parents, with that measured by ACC at r=0.53 (p=0.001). Results of this study suggest that the designed questionnaire might be a useful tool for assessing childrens activity while, additionally, it warrants further investigation on larger samples of children

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v30i4.13327

J HEALTH POPUL NUTR 2012 Dec;30(4):439-446

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2013-01-15

How to Cite

Gascón, M. B., Rojas, C. R., Lopez, G. W., Crawford, P., & Cruz, A. J. (2013). Assessing the Validity of a Physical Activity Questionnaire Developed for Parents of Preschool Children in Mexico. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 30(4), 439–446. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v30i4.13327

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