Reported physical activity and sedentary behavior: why do you ask?

Troiano, Richard P., Gabriel, Kelley K. Pettee, Welk, Gregory J., Owen, Neville and Sternfeld, Barbara (2012) Reported physical activity and sedentary behavior: why do you ask?. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9 S1: S68-S75.

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Author Troiano, Richard P.
Gabriel, Kelley K. Pettee
Welk, Gregory J.
Owen, Neville
Sternfeld, Barbara
Title Reported physical activity and sedentary behavior: why do you ask?
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-3080
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue S1
Start page S68
End page S75
Total pages 8
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Advances in device-based measures have led researchers to question the value of reported measures of physical activity or sedentary behavior. The premise of the Workshop on Measurement of Active and Sedentary Behaviors: Closing the Gaps in Self-Report Methods, held in July 2010, was that assessment of behavior by self-report is a valuable approach. To provide suggestions to optimize the value of reported physical activity and sedentary behavior, we 1) discuss the constructs that devices and reports of behavior can measure, 2) develop a framework to help guide decision-making about the best approach to physical activity and sedentary behavior assessment in a given situation, and 3) address the potential for combining reported behavior methods with device-based monitoring to enhance both approaches. After participation in a workshop breakout session, coauthors summarized the ideas presented and reached consensus on the material presented here. To select appropriate physical activity assessment methods and correctly interpret the measures obtained, researchers should carefully consider the purpose for assessment, physical activity constructs of interest, characteristics of the population and measurement tool, and the theoretical link between the exposure and outcome of interest.
Keyword Self report
Assessment method
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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