Purpose PAQ-C is a questionnaire that provide a general measure of physical activity for children from ages 8-14; the aim of this study was to verify the correlation among PAQ-C and anthropometric measures, stage of change about physical activity assessed with PASCQ, levels of physical fitness (PF), enjoyment in PA, knowledge in healthy lifestyle and levels on Perceived of Physical Ability in Italian students aged 10 to 11 years. Methods 74 students (43 females and 31 males) included in a scholastic project about promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyle were involved in a evaluation protocol. PF were assessed with the Eurofit Fitness Test Battery (adapted) while behaviors and attitudes towards physical activity were measured through some questionnaires: PAQ-C, PACES (physical activity enjoyment scale), PPA subscale (Perceived Physical Abilty scale), and PASCQ (Physical activity stage of change), finally the knowledge on healthy lifestyle were assessed with a not standardized multiple choice questionnaire. Results: The PAQ-C was not related with any anthropometric parameters instead it was positively with the scores of PACES (r= 0,286 p<0,05) and only one physical ability parameters: handgrip (r=0,273 p<0,05). Finally it was negatively correlated with questionnaire about lifestyle knowledge (r=0,273 p<0,05). On the other hand PASCQ was significantly correlated with many measures: a) anthropometric parameters: BMI (r= -0,383 p<0,01), waist circumference (r= -0,316 p<0,01) and waist to hip ratio (r=238); b) physical fitness: balance (r=0,282 p<0,05), handgrip (r= -0,232 p=0,05), sit-ups (r= 0,239 p<0,05); and c) the perceived of physical activity: PPA Subscale (r=0,282 p<0,05). Conclusions: From our data, the questionnaire PAQ-C does not seem to be correlated with the main factors that characterize the active lifestyle: BMI, fitness level and perception of abilities. Instead the questionnaire PASCQ shows larger correlations with these factors. Also considering that PASCQ is quick and easy to use by children, in the future will be reasonable to study and to validate an adapted version of PASCQ for children.

School for Health: Paq-C questionnaire correlation with factors of lifestyle in children

MOISIO, Valentina;LANZA, Massimo
2011

Abstract

Purpose PAQ-C is a questionnaire that provide a general measure of physical activity for children from ages 8-14; the aim of this study was to verify the correlation among PAQ-C and anthropometric measures, stage of change about physical activity assessed with PASCQ, levels of physical fitness (PF), enjoyment in PA, knowledge in healthy lifestyle and levels on Perceived of Physical Ability in Italian students aged 10 to 11 years. Methods 74 students (43 females and 31 males) included in a scholastic project about promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyle were involved in a evaluation protocol. PF were assessed with the Eurofit Fitness Test Battery (adapted) while behaviors and attitudes towards physical activity were measured through some questionnaires: PAQ-C, PACES (physical activity enjoyment scale), PPA subscale (Perceived Physical Abilty scale), and PASCQ (Physical activity stage of change), finally the knowledge on healthy lifestyle were assessed with a not standardized multiple choice questionnaire. Results: The PAQ-C was not related with any anthropometric parameters instead it was positively with the scores of PACES (r= 0,286 p<0,05) and only one physical ability parameters: handgrip (r=0,273 p<0,05). Finally it was negatively correlated with questionnaire about lifestyle knowledge (r=0,273 p<0,05). On the other hand PASCQ was significantly correlated with many measures: a) anthropometric parameters: BMI (r= -0,383 p<0,01), waist circumference (r= -0,316 p<0,01) and waist to hip ratio (r=238); b) physical fitness: balance (r=0,282 p<0,05), handgrip (r= -0,232 p=0,05), sit-ups (r= 0,239 p<0,05); and c) the perceived of physical activity: PPA Subscale (r=0,282 p<0,05). Conclusions: From our data, the questionnaire PAQ-C does not seem to be correlated with the main factors that characterize the active lifestyle: BMI, fitness level and perception of abilities. Instead the questionnaire PASCQ shows larger correlations with these factors. Also considering that PASCQ is quick and easy to use by children, in the future will be reasonable to study and to validate an adapted version of PASCQ for children.
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PAQ-C Questionnaire; children; school
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