Validation of a self-reported physical activity questionnaire for schoolchildren

Xiaoli Chen, Michikazu Sekine, Shimako Hamanishi, Hongbing Wang, Alexandru Gaina, Takashi Yamagami, Sadanobu Kagamimori

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BACKGROUND: There is little information about validation of young children's self-reported physical activity. This study assessed the validity of a self-reported questionnaire designed to measure children's physical activity. METHODS: Subjects were 34 boys from 4th to 6th grade of a public elementary school. Contents of the self-reported physical activity questionnaire included participation in sports club, physical activity intensity, preference for physical activity, and frequency of physical activity. Subjects were equipped with a Lifecorder and an Actiwatch for 7 consecutive days to monitor physical activity. Physical activity index was calculated from the Lifecorder data of total energy expenditure per day (TEE) divided by basal metabolic rate. Unpaired t-test, analysis of variance, and multiple linear regression analysis were performed to clarify the relationship between the objective and subjective data. RESULTS: Subjects who reported participation in a sports club had a higher physical activity index and energy expenditure originating from physical activity than those who did not. Those characterized by a "vigorous" physical activity intensity had a higher physical activity index (1.63±0.08), when compared with peers in "moderate" (1.59±0.06) or "light" categories (1.54±0.07) (p for linear trend p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-287
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of epidemiology / Japan Epidemiological Association
Volume13
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Exercise
Energy Metabolism
Sports
Surveys and Questionnaires
Basal Metabolism
Linear Models
Analysis of Variance
Regression Analysis

Keywords

  • Energy metabolism
  • Motor activity
  • Observational studies
  • Validity

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  • Epidemiology

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Chen, X., Sekine, M., Hamanishi, S., Wang, H., Gaina, A., Yamagami, T., & Kagamimori, S. (2003). Validation of a self-reported physical activity questionnaire for schoolchildren. Journal of epidemiology / Japan Epidemiological Association, 13(5), 278-287.

Validation of a self-reported physical activity questionnaire for schoolchildren. / Chen, Xiaoli; Sekine, Michikazu; Hamanishi, Shimako; Wang, Hongbing; Gaina, Alexandru; Yamagami, Takashi; Kagamimori, Sadanobu.

In: Journal of epidemiology / Japan Epidemiological Association, Vol. 13, No. 5, 2003, p. 278-287.

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Chen, X, Sekine, M, Hamanishi, S, Wang, H, Gaina, A, Yamagami, T & Kagamimori, S 2003, 'Validation of a self-reported physical activity questionnaire for schoolchildren', Journal of epidemiology / Japan Epidemiological Association, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 278-287.
Chen, Xiaoli ; Sekine, Michikazu ; Hamanishi, Shimako ; Wang, Hongbing ; Gaina, Alexandru ; Yamagami, Takashi ; Kagamimori, Sadanobu. / Validation of a self-reported physical activity questionnaire for schoolchildren. In: Journal of epidemiology / Japan Epidemiological Association. 2003 ; Vol. 13, No. 5. pp. 278-287.
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