Emerging measurement and statistical methods in physical activity research

Louise C. Mâsse, Clément Dassa, Lise Gauvin, Billie Giles-Corti, Robert Motl

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Abstract: Although many studies have attempted to identify mediators and moderators of changes in physical activity involvement, the literature is inconclusive regarding which variable(s) relate to physical activity behavior change. The Cooper 2001 Conference series dedicated a session to discussing measurement and statistical methods that could contribute to advancing this research agenda. This article focuses on four such methodologic approaches: qualitative; psychometric; latent-variable, structural equation modeling; and multilevel modeling. The article presents a brief overview of these methods and discusses potential advantages and limitations of using them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-55
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Issue number2 SUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Factor analysis
  • Focus groups
  • Health promotion
  • Interviews
  • Investigative techniques
  • Physical fitness
  • Psychometrics
  • Statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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