Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Physical Education

Language

English

Abstract

We examined psychometric properties of a Modified Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children (MPAQ-C). Thirty-two parents (Study 1), 40 students (6–9 years) and one of each student’s parents (Study 2), and 625 parents (Study 3) completed the MPAQ-C. The MPAQ-C (six items) measured children’s physical activity (PA) after school, and during evenings and weekends for 7 days. Test–retest reliability (Study 1) and convergent validity (Study 2) were measured. Factor validity of the MPAQ-C (Study 3) was examined using confirmatory factor analysis. A single-factor model of the MPAQ-C fit the data well (χ2 (9) = 42.78, p < .001; comparative fit index[CFI] = .977; non-normed fit index [NNFI] = .962; root mean square error of approximation [RMSEA] = .079 [90% confidence interval {CI} = .057 to .11]), with good test–retest reliability, composite reliability (.80) and convergent validity. The factor loadings of MPAQ-C were invariant across fathers/mothers (Δχ2 (6) = 3.44, p > .05). The MPAQ-C is a suitable parent proxy for measuring young Chinese children’s PA.

Keywords

children, exercise, family, physical activity, questionnaire

Publication Date

2016

Source Publication Title

Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science

Volume

20

Issue

2

Start Page

112

End Page

120

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science in February 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1091367X.2016.1146144.

DOI

10.1080/1091367X.2016.1146144

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1091367X.2016.1146144

ISSN (print)

1091367X

ISSN (electronic)

15327841

ISSN (electronic)

15327841

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