Purpose: This article chronicles our efforts to develop an instrument with and for children-complete with insights, multiple iterations, and missteps along the way. The instruments we developed assess children's self-efficacy and recall related to healthy eating and physical activity. Design and Methods: Five focus groups were held with 39 children to discuss the evolving instrument. Results: A nine-item self-efficacy instrument and a 10-item recall instrument were developed with Flesch-Kincaid grade levels of 1.8 and 4.0, respectively, which fifth graders can complete in less than 5min. Practice Implications: When assessing children in clinical practice or research, we should use instruments that have been developed with children's feedback and are child-centered. Without that assurance, assessment results can be questionable.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
- Instrument development
- Physical activity
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