This study evaluated the validity of the Previous Day Physical Activity Recall (PDPAR) self-report instrument in quantifying after-school physical activity behavior in fifth-grade children. Thirty-eight fifth-grade students (mean age, 10.8 ± 0.1; 52.6%; female; 26.3% African American) from two urban elementary schools completed the PDPAR after wearing a CSA WAM 7164 accelerometer for a day. The mean within-subject correlation between self-reported MET level and total counts for each 30-min block was 0.57 (95% C.I., 0.51-0.62). Self-reported mean MET level during the after-school period and the number of 30-min blocks with activity rated at > 6 METs were significantly correlated with the CSA outcome variables. Validity coefficients for these variables ranged from 0.35 to 0.43 (p<.05). Correlations between the number of 30-min blocks with activity rated at > 3 METs and the CSA variables were positive but failed to reach statistical significance (r=0.19-0.23). The PDPAR provides moderately valid estimates of relative participation in vigorous activity and mean MET level in fifth-grade children. Caution should be exercised when using the PDPAR to quantify moderate physical activity in preadolescent children.
Published in Pediatric Exercise Science, Volume 11, Issue 4, 1999, pages 341-348.
Trost, S. G., Ward, D. S., McGraw, B., & Pate, R. R. (1999). Validity of the Previous Day Physical Activity Recall (PDPAR) in fifth-grade children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 11(4), 341-348.
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