Validating a Lifestyle Physical Activity Measure for People With Serious Mental Illness

Jill L. Bezyak, Fong Chan, Chung-yi Chiu, Cahit Kaya, Garrett Huck

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the measurement structure of the Physical Activity Scale for Individuals With Physical Disabilities (PASIPD) as an assessment tool of lifestyle physical activities for people with severe mental illness.

Method: A quantitative descriptive research design using factor analysis was employed. A sample of 72 individuals with severe mental illness was used to examine the factorial structure of the PASIPD, which contains 12 items and 5 factors.

Results: Principal components analysis results indicate that the 5-factor structure of the PASIPD can be replicated with people with severe mental illness, which include light/moderate recreation and physical activity, housework, vigorous sport and recreation, lawn and garden work, and occupation.

Conclusions: The results underscore the importance of increasing lifestyle physical activity levels among this population, which requires increased attention in the development of measurement tools and interventions for these activities.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-204
JournalRehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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