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Survey Development for Assessing Correlates of Young Adolescents' Eating

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Objective: To describe the development and psychometric testing of a survey to assess multiple influences on young adolescents' eating behaviors. Methods: A 204-item survey was piloted with middle school students. We incorporated a broad view of determinants of eating behavior in an effort to expand the current field of predictors. Results: The survey was reduced to 147 items and administered to 3,878 students. Internal consistencies were generally >0.70. Test-retest reliabilities were 0.30-0.98, mostly >0.60. Conclusions: We estimated psychometric properties for a range of measures in a diverse sample. This is important as the increasing demand for outcomes-based research expands the need for psychometrically sound survey measures.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. 2: Department of Psychology, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. 3: Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication date: July 1, 2002

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