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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Larson, N., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Story, M., Van Den Berg, P., & Hannan, P. J. (2011). Identifying correlates of young adults' weight behavior: Survey development. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(6), 712-725. https://doi.org/10.5993/ajhb.35.6.7