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Public Health Nutr. 2008 Jan;11(1):57-64. Epub 2007 Aug 1.

Validity and reliability of a calcium checklist in early elementary-school children.

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  • 1Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, John Hancock Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To create, validate and assess the reliability of a checklist to measure calcium intake in children.

DESIGN:

Calcium intakes from a checklist and parent-assisted 24-h dietary recall were compared. Checklist reliability was assessed separately.

SETTING:

After-school programmes in the United States.

SUBJECTS:

Forty-two children (18 males, 24 females, age = 8.0 +/- 0.9 years) participated in the validation analysis and 49 children (28 males, 21 females, age = 7.5 +/- 0.9 years) in the reliability analysis.

RESULTS:

No differences in mean calcium intakes were found by method or gender. The checklist correlated well with recall among girls (r = 0.65, P = 0.01) but not boys (r = -0.33, P = 0.19). Agreement over time was above 80% for most foods.

CONCLUSION:

The calcium checklist is useful for assessing calcium intake among groups of 6-10-year-old children in settings that preclude parental assistance. More research is needed to improve accuracy among boys.

PMID:
17666123
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