Physical Activity Research Group, School of Human, Health and Social Sciences, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
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Validity and responsiveness to change of the Active Australia Survey according to gender, age, BMI, education, and physical activity level and awareness
- Published on April 15, 2019
This study aimed to investigate the validity of the Active Australia Survey across different subgroups and its responsiveness to change, as few previous studies have examined this.
The Active Australia Survey was validated against the ActiGraph as an objective measure of physical activity. Participants (n = 465) wore the ActiGraph for 7 days and subsequently completed the Active Australia Survey. Moderate activity, vigorous activity and total moderate and vigorous physical activity were compared using Spearman rank-order correlations. Changes in physical activity between baseline and 3-month assessments were correlated to examine responsiveness to change. The data were stratified to assess outcomes according to different subgroups (e.g., gender, age, weight, activity levels).
With regards to the validity, a significant correlation of ρ = 0.19 was found for moderate physical activity, ρ = 0.33 for vigorous physical activity and ρ = 0.23 for moderate and vigorous physical activity combined. For vigorous physical activity correlations were higher than 0.3 for most subgroups, whereas they were only higher than 0.3 in those with a healthy weight for the other activity outcomes. With regards to responsiveness to change, a correlation of ρ = 0.32 was found for moderate physical activity, ρ = 0.19 for vigorous physical activity and ρ = 0.35 for moderate and vigorous physical activity combined. For moderate and vigorous activity combined correlations were higher than 0.4 for several subgroups, but never for vigorous physical activity.
Little evidence for the validity of Active Australia Survey was found, although the responsiveness to change was acceptable for several subgroups. Findings from studies using the Active Australia Survey should be interpreted with caution.
- Corneel Vandelanotte 1
- Mitch J. Duncan 2
- Rob Stanton 3
- Richard R. Rosenkranz 4
- Cristina M. Caperchione 5
- Amanda L. Rebar 1
- Trevor N. Savage 6
- W. Kerry Mummery 7
- Gregory S. Kolt 6
School of Medicine & Public Health; Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
School of Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
School of Health and Exercise Sciences, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
BMC Public Health