Thursday, 20 February 2014

Study looks at reliability of the CAPANS-C questionnaire

A recent study involving the DEPM’s A/Prof Andre Renzaho looked at the reliability of the modified child and adolescent physical activity and nutrition survey (CAPANS-C) questionnaire, examining potential correlates of physical activity participation among Chinese-Australian youth.

It is well recognized that regular participation in physical activity has many health benefits for children and adolescents, yet it is also known that there is a complex array of environmental, social and psychological factors that influence participation in physical activity. Several study models have been developed to help provide a framework for understanding these influences on physical activity, however investigations among youth from an Asian Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background are less apparent, even though physical activity levels among this cohort have been shown to be lower than their non-CALD peers.

505 students aged between 11-16 from two Chinese weekend cultural schools in eastern Melbourne were invited to participate in this study, with a response rate of 21%, or 106 student participants. Each completed an initial questionnaire, as well as a self-report physical activity and sedentary behaviour questionnaire which examined perceived psychological and social influences on physical activity participation.

The study findings indicate that the CAPANS-C questionnaire had acceptable reliability and evidence of predictive validity for several factors examining potential psychosocial and social correlates of PA among Chinese-Australian youth.

The study findings have been published in BMC Public Health: 14:145

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