Test-Retest Reliability and Validity of a Child and Parental Questionnaire on Specific Determinants of Cycling to School

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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This study examined the reliability of a newly developed child and parental questionnaire on specific determinants of cycling to school among 10–12 year olds. Validity of child reported distance, bicycle equipment and basic bicycle skills was also investigated. In total 211 children and 33 parents participated in this study. The reliability of the questionnaires was acceptable with results indicating reliability ranging from fair to perfect agreement. Therefore, the questionnaires appear to be reliable tools for assessing specific determinants of cycling to school. Furthermore, it was found that children overestimate their abilities to perform basic bicycle skills. This suggests that objectively measuring bicycle skills is preferred to child reported skills assessment.

Ducheyne et al. are with the Dept. of Movement and Sports Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.