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      Análisis de fiabilidad y validez de tres cuestionarios de autoinforme para valorar la actividad física realizada por adolescentes españoles Translated title: Analysis of the reliability and validity of three self-report questionnaires to assess physical activity among Spanish adolescents

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          Objetivo: Analizar la fiabilidad y la validez de los cuestionarios Weekly Activity Checklist (WAC), One Week Recall (OWR) y Godin-Shephard Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire (GLTEQ) en población adolescente. Método: Setenta y ocho adolescentes portaron un podómetro durante una semana, completaron los cuestionarios al término de la misma y realizaron una prueba de estimación de consumo máximo de oxígeno (VO2max). Se realizó un análisis factorial para determinar la fiabilidad de los cuestionarios. Su validez convergente se obtuvo mediante la comparación entre los resultados obtenidos en el cuestionario, la actividad física cuantificada por el podómetro y el VO2max reportado. Resultados: Se encontró una consistencia interna débil para los cuestionarios WAC (alpha = 0,59-0,78), OWR (alpha = 0,53-0,73) y GLTEQ (alpha = 0,60). Se encontraron correlaciones estadísticamente significativas al comparar los valores obtenidos por el podómetro y los cuestionarios, moderadas para el WAC (r = 0,69; p <0,01) y el OWR (r = 0,42; p <0,01), y baja para el GLTEQ (r = 0,36; p = 0,01). El VO2max estimado mostró una baja asociación con los resultados del WAC (r = 0,30; p <0,05) y del OWR (r = 0,29; p <0,05). Al clasificar a los participantes como activos o inactivos, la concordancia con el podómetro fue moderada para el WAC (k = 0,46) y el OWR (r = 0,44), y leve para el GLTEQ (r = 0,20). Conclusiones: De los cuestionarios analizados, el WAC es el que mejor comportamiento psicométrico parece tener, ya que es el único que presenta una validez convergente respetable a la vez que comparte una baja fiabilidad con el OWR y el GLTEQ.

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          Objective: To analyse the reliability and validity of the Weekly Activity Checklist (WAC), the One Week Recall (OWR), and the Godin-Shephard Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire (GLTEQ) in Spanish adolescents. Methods: A total of 78 adolescents wore a pedometer for one week, filled out the questionnaires at the end of this period and underwent a test to estimate their maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max). The reliability of the questionnaires was determined by means of a factor analysis. Convergent validity was obtained by comparing the questionnaires' scores against the amount of physical activity quantified by the pedometer and the VO2max reported. Results: The questionnaires showed a weak internal consistency (WAC: alpha = 0.59-0.78; OWR: alpha = 0.53-0.73; GLTEQ: alpha = 0.60). Moderate statistically significant correlations were found between the pedometer and the WAC (r = 0.69; p <0.01) and the OWR (r = 0.42; p <0.01), while a low statistically significant correlation was found for the GLTEQ (r = 0.36; p = 0.01). The estimated VO2max showed a low level of association with the WAC results (r = 0.30; p <0.05), and the OWR results (r = 0.29; p <0.05). When classifying the participants as active or inactive, the level of agreement with the pedometer was moderate for the WAC (k = 0.46) and the OWR (r = 0.44), and slight for the GLTEQ (r = 0.20). Conclusion: Of the three questionnaires analysed, the WAC showed the best psychometric performance as it was the only one with respectable convergent validity, while sharing low reliability with the OWR and the GLTEQ.

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              To review and categorize the problems associated with undertaking physical activity validation studies and to construct a checklist against which any study could be compared. The studies reviewed demonstrated problems in defining the dimension of physical activity that is of interest and in the selection of an appropriate comparison technique. Ideally this should be closely related to the true exposure of interest and assess that exposure objectively and without correlated error from the study instrument in question. In many studies inappropriate comparison methods have been chosen which do not measure the true underlying exposure and which are likely to have correlated error. The choice of study populations, the frame of reference of the exposure measurement and the use of appropriate statistical methods are also problematic areas. There is no ideal measurement instrument or validation study design that is suitable for all situations. However, the checklist in this paper provides a means whereby the appropriateness of studies already undertaken or at the planning stage can be assessed.

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                Ediciones Doyma, S.L. (Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain )
                October 2016
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                Vigo orgnameUniversidad de Vigo orgdiv1Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación y del Deporte España

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