Validating the multimedia activity recall for children and adolescents in a large New Zealand sample

Maddison, Ralph, Foley, Louise S., Olds, Tim S., Ridley, Kate and Jiang, Yannan 2014, Validating the multimedia activity recall for children and adolescents in a large New Zealand sample, Journal of sports sciences, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 470-478, doi: 10.1080/02640414.2013.832354.

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Title Validating the multimedia activity recall for children and adolescents in a large New Zealand sample
Author(s) Maddison, RalphORCID iD for Maddison, Ralph
Foley, Louise S.
Olds, Tim S.
Ridley, Kate
Jiang, Yannan
Journal name Journal of sports sciences
Volume number 32
Issue number 5
Start page 470
End page 478
Total pages 9
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1466-447X
Keyword(s) Accelerometry
Body Composition
Cross-Sectional Studies
Ethnic Groups
Mental Recall
Motor Activity
New Zealand
Reproducibility of Results
Self Report
Sex Factors
Summary The aim of the study was to validate the self-report Multimedia Activity Recall for Children and Adolescents (MARCA) against accelerometry for the assessment of physical activity in New Zealand children. Participants (n = 716, 10-18 years) recalled 3-4 days of activity using the MARCA and underwent a partially overlapping 7-day accelerometry protocol during a national survey. Spearman correlation coefficients (ρ) assessed the association between accelerometer-derived counts per minute and MARCA-derived physical activity level and time in locomotion. Both data sources estimated time spent in light and moderate-vigorous physical activity. Association and agreement between methods for light physical activity and moderate-vigorous physical activity was assessed using correlations and Bland-Altman plots respectively, and paired t-tests conducted. Accelerometer-derived activity counts were moderately correlated with both MARCA-derived physical activity level and locomotion (ρ = 0.38, P < 0.0001). The correlation between methods was -0.14 for light physical activity and 0.28 for moderate-vigorous physical activity (P < 0.0001). The MARCA overestimated moderate-vigorous physical activity compared with accelerometry (120 min, P < 0.0001), which increased as moderate-vigorous physical activity time increased. Some sex and ethnicity (Māori [indigenous] versus non-Māori) differences were observed. Overall, the MARCA indicated moderate validity for assessment of physical activity level, locomotion and moderate-vigorous physical activity and poor validity for assessment of light physical activity. This was comparable to other self-report tools. The MARCA has utility for future large-scale research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2013.832354
Field of Research 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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