Agreement between Student-Reported and Proxy-Reported Physical Activity Questionnaires

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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Parents and 531 students (46% males, 78% white) completed equivalent questionnaires. Agreement between student and parent responses to questions about hypothesized physical activity (PA) correlates was assessed. Relationships between hypothesized correlates and an objective measure of student’s moderate- to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in a subset of 177 students were also investigated. Agreement between student and parent ranged from r = .34 to .64 for PA correlates. Spearman correlations between MVPA and PA correlates ranged from −.04 to .21 for student report and −.14 to .32 for parent report, and there were no statistical differences for 8 out of 9 correlations between parent and student. Parents can provide useful data on PA correlates for students in Grades 7–12.

Dowda and Pate are with the Dept. of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Sallis is with the Dept. of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. Freedson is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Taylor is with the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Houston, TX. Sirard is with the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Trost is with the Dept. of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.