Identifying correlates of young adults' weight behavior: Survey development

Nicole Larson, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Mary Story, Patricia Van Den Berg, Peter J. Hannan

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the development and psychometric properties of survey measures relevant to eating, physical activity, and weight-related behaviors among young adults. Methods: Focus groups and reliability testing guided the development of the Project EAT-III survey. The final survey was completed by 2287 young adults. Results: The systematic process employed led to a psychometrically sound and developmentally appropriate survey. Test-retest reliabilities for items included on the final survey were mostly moderate to good, and Cronbach alphas were >0.7 for 83% of developed scales. Conclusions: Future studies may find the systematic process used to be helpful in creating other weight-related surveys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)712-725
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Dieting
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Survey development
  • Young adults

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