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Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011 Apr 14;8:31. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-31.

Does social desirability compromise self-reports of physical activity in web-based research?

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  • 1CAPHRI, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. rik.crutzen@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study investigated the relation between social desirability and self-reported physical activity in web-based research.

FINDINGS:

A longitudinal study (N = 5,495, 54% women) was conducted on a representative sample of the Dutch population using the Marlowe-Crowne Scale as social desirability measure and the short form of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Social desirability was not associated with self-reported physical activity (in MET-minutes/week), nor with its sub-behaviors (i.e., walking, moderate-intensity activity, vigorous-intensity activity, and sedentary behavior). Socio-demographics (i.e., age, sex, income, and education) did not moderate the effect of social desirability on self-reported physical activity and its sub-behaviors.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study does not throw doubt on the usefulness of the Internet as a medium to collect self-reports on physical activity.

PMID:
21492435
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PMCID:
PMC3090315
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