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J Exerc Rehabil. 2017 Apr 30;13(2):210-213. doi: 10.12965/jer.1732888.444. eCollection 2017 Apr.

Validity and reliability evidence of the physical activity level screening for preschoolers with developmental delays and/or disabilities.

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Department Kinesiology and Public Health Education, College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA.
Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, College of Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA.


Psychometric properties of the physical activity level screening (PALS) for preschoolers with a developmental delay and/or a disability were examined in this study. The mean age of participants (16 boys and 14 girls) was 54.9 months (standard deviation, 10.4). Each participant wore one Actical accelerometer and was filmed for 20 min during the active play time. Intrarater and interrater reliability, and validity of the PALS data were examined. The proportion of agreement for intrarater was 87.5% and 85.6% for interrater reliability. Intraclass correlation coefficients were 0.99 for intrarater and 0.96 for interrater. The PALS data showed moderate correlation with Actical data (r=0.67, P<0.01).


Preschool; Psychometric properties; Systematic observation

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