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Identifying Correlates of Young Adults' Weight Behavior: Survey Development

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Objective: To describe the development and psychometric properties of survey measures relevant to eating, physical activity, and weight-related behaviors among young adults. Methods: Focus groups and reliability testing guided the development of the Project EAT-III survey. The final survey was completed by 2287 young adults. Results: The systematic process employed led to a psychometrically sound and developmentally appropriate survey. Test-retest reliabilities for items included on the final survey were mostly moderate to good, and Cronbach alphas were >0.7 for 83% of developed scales. Conclusions: Future studies may find the systematic process used to be helpful in creating other weight-related surveys.
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Keywords: DIETING; NUTRITION; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; SURVEY DEVELOPMENT; YOUNG ADULTS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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