Measurement of perceived school climate for active travel in children

Kelly R. Evenson, Robert W. Motl, Amanda S. Birnbaum, Dianne S. Ward

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Abstract

Objectives: To describe the development of an original scale that measures perceived school climate for active travel in fourth- and fifth-grade girls and boys. Methods: The data were analyzed using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to provide evidence of factorial validity, factorial invariance, and construct validity. Results: The CFA supported the fit of a 3-factor (encouragement, praise, and importance) correlated model for the school climate for active travel measure. This hierarchical model was invariant between sex and across a 7-month time period, and initial evidence for construct validity was provided. Conclusions: School climate for active travel is a measurable construct, and preliminary evidence suggests relationships with more support for active travel from friends and family.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-97
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Children
  • Exercise
  • Physical activity
  • School

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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