Article thumbnail

An assessment of self-reported physical activity instruments in young people for population surveillance: Project ALPHA

By Pearson Natalie, Gorely Trish, Biddle Stuart JH and Bull Fiona C

Abstract

<p>Abstract</p> <p>Background</p> <p>The assessment of physical activity is an essential part of understanding patterns and influences of behaviour, designing interventions, and undertaking population surveillance and monitoring, but it is particularly problematic when using self-report instruments with young people. This study reviewed available self-report physical activity instruments developed for use with children and adolescents to assess their suitability and feasibility for use in population surveillance systems, particularly in Europe.</p> <p>Methods</p> <p>Systematic searches and review, supplemented by expert panel assessment.</p> <p>Results</p> <p>Papers (n = 437) were assessed as potentially relevant; 89 physical activity measures were identified with 20 activity-based measures receiving detailed assessment. Three received support from the majority of the expert group: Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children/Adolescents (PAQ-C/PAQ-A), Youth Risk Behaviour Surveillance Survey (YRBS), and the Teen Health Survey.</p> <p>Conclusions</p> <p>Population surveillance of youth physical activity is strongly recommended and those involved in developing and undertaking this task should consider the three identified shortlisted instruments and evaluate their appropriateness for application within their national context. Further development and testing of measures suitable for population surveillance with young people is required.</p

Topics: Nutritional diseases. Deficiency diseases, RC620-627, Public aspects of medicine, RA1-1270
Publisher: BMC
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-1
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:48cfc537a174422a94796ee849722b85
Journal:
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • https://doaj.org/toc/1479-5868 (external link)
  • https://doaj.org/toc/1479-5868 (external link)
  • http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/... (external link)
  • http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/... (external link)
  • https://doaj.org/article/48cfc... (external link)
  • https://doaj.org/article/48cfc... (external link)

  • To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.

    Suggested articles