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The development of a unique physical activity self-report for young children: challenges and lessons learned.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20391248     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The number of overweight and obese children in the Western world is alarming. Efforts to impact this problem at an individual level have had little effect. Interventions that focus on the whole population may prove more successful. This study reports the development of a unique self-report picture questionnaire designed to assess playground physical activity preferences in young children (4-9 years, N = 1,881) at 14 regional Australian primary schools. Children's picture preferences were compared with observational data using the Children's Activity Scanning tool (CAST2). Results indicate that 62% to 89% of children preferred activities that were moderate or highly active; however, CAST2 data indicated that children spent only 50% to 70% of play time being active. The findings confirm that young children are able to indicate their preferences for physical activity. Important considerations in future attempts to develop a measure of physical activity in young children are discussed.
Anne-Maree Parrish; Don Iverson; Ken Russell; Heather Yeatman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in sports medicine (Print)     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1543-8635     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Sports Med     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-14     Completed Date:  2010-08-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101167637     Medline TA:  Res Sports Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave., New South Wales 2522, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Questionnaires / standards*
Reproducibility of Results

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