Validation of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children in Children of Different Races

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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The Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children (PAQ-C) is a validated self-report measure of physical activity widely used to assess physical activity in children (8-14 years of age). To date, however, the instrument has been validated in largely White Canadian samples. The purpose of the present article is to determine the psychometric properties of the PAQ-C for African American, European American, and Hispanic children. Two studies were conducted in which independent samples were administered the PAQ-C, along with varying indices of cardiovascular fitness, fatness, and psychological measures related to physical activity. Results showed that the reliability and validity of the PAQ-C varied by race and that modifications might be necessary.

Moore is with the Division of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834. Hanes is with the School of Education, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Barbeau and Gutin are with the Dept. of Pediatrics, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 30912. Treviño is with the Social & Health Research Center, 1302 So. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78205. Yin is with the Dept. of Health and Kinesiology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249.