The 'Take PART' Study: Rationale and methodology

Norah M. Nelson, C. Woods, Eimear Foley, Donal J. O'Gorman, Niall M. Moyna

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    The Take PART study--Physical Activity Research for Teenagers--was undertaken to assess (1) physical activity and sedentary behaviors, (2) indices of health and fitness, and (3) to provide information, from a social ecological perspective, on the correlates of physical activity in a large sample of 15- to 17-year-old Irish adolescents. This manuscript outlines the rationale and methodology of the Take PART study. A sample of 4720 students (mean age=16.03 years+/-0.66, range 15 to 17 years; 49.5% female) participated. Fifty participants were assessed during each 3-hour school visit, with a ratio of 1 researcher to 10 students. Standardized testing procedures and extensive researcher training ensured that intertester and intratester reliability for all physical measures was >or=.85. The height, weight, waist circumference, hip circumference, blood pressure, and cardiorespiratory fitness protocols are explained. The questionnaire used well-known, valid, and reliable self-report measures. Where appropriate, additional psychometric testing was undertaken. Take PART is a school-based study. Its methods are simple, easy to replicate, financially viable, and scientifically valid. Its unique dataset will allow the evaluation of a social ecological approach as a viable option for improving understanding of youth inactivity. Ultimately, this knowledge will assist in successful intervention design.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages170-177
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

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    Keywords

    • physical activity
    • teenager
    • sedentary behavior
    • sedentary behaviour
    • cardiorespiratory fitness protocol
    • school
    • adolescent

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    Nelson, N. M., Woods, C., Foley, E., O'Gorman, D. J., & Moyna, N. M. (2009). The 'Take PART' Study: Rationale and methodology. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(2), 170-177.
    Nelson, Norah M. ; Woods, C. ; Foley, Eimear ; O'Gorman, Donal J. ; Moyna, Niall M. / The 'Take PART' Study: Rationale and methodology. In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2009 ; Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 170-177.
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