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Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2010 Oct 8;7:73. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-7-73.

Physical activity in US Blacks: a systematic review and critical examination of self-report instruments.

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  • 1Washington University School of Medicine, St, Louis, MO 63110 USA. wolink@wustl.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Physical activity self-report instruments in the US have largely been developed for and validated in White samples. Despite calls to validate existing instruments in more diverse samples, relatively few instruments have been validated in US Blacks. Emerging evidence suggests that these instruments may have differential validity in Black populations.

PURPOSE:

This report reviews and evaluates the validity and reliability of self-reported measures of physical activity in Blacks and makes recommendations for future directions.

METHODS:

A systematic literature review was conducted to identify published reports with construct or criterion validity evaluated in samples that included Blacks. Studies that reported results separately for Blacks were examined.

RESULTS:

The review identified 10 instruments validated in nine manuscripts. Criterion validity correlations tended to be low to moderate. No study has compared the validity of multiple instruments in a single sample of Blacks.

CONCLUSION:

There is a need for efforts validating self-report physical activity instruments in Blacks, particularly those evaluating the relative validity of instruments in a single sample.

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PMC2964560
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