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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


OCHOA-MEZA, Gerardo et al. Reliability and validity of a Mexican version of the Pro Children Project questionnaire. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.2, pp.293-300. ISSN 1699-5198.

Objective: To determine the test-retest reliability, the internal consistency, and the predictive validity of the constructs of the Mexican version of the Pro Children Project questionnaire (PCHP) for assessing personal and environmental factors related to fruit and vegetable intake in 10-12 year-old schoolchildren. Method: Test-retest design with a 14 days interval. A sample of 957 children completed the questionnaire with 82 items. The study was conducted at eight primary schools in 2012 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Results: For all fruit constructs and vegetable constructs, the test-retest reliability was moderate (intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) > 0.60). Cronbach s alpha values were from moderate to high (range of 0.54 to 0.92) similar to those in the original study. Values for predictive validity ranged from moderate to good with Spearman correlations between 0.23 and 0.60 for personal factors and between 0.14 and 0.40 for environmental factors. Conclusions: The results of the Mexican version of the PCHP questionnaire provide a sufficient reliability and validity for assessing personal and environmental factors of fruit and vegetable intake in 10-12 year old schoolchildren. Finally, implications to administer this instrument in scholar settings and guidelines for futures studies are discussed.

Keywords : Questionnaire; Reproducibility of results; Foods habits; Child; Mexico.

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