Construct validation of physical activity surveys in culturally diverse older adults: a comparison of four commonly used questionnaires

Delilah S. Moore, Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University, USA.
Rebecca Ellis
Priscilla D. Allen
Katie E. Cherry
Pamela A. Monroe
Carol E. O'Neil
Robert H. Wood


The purpose of this study was to establish validity evidence of four physical activity (PA) questionnaires in culturally diverse older adults by comparing self-report PA with performance-based physical function. Participants were 54 older adults who completed the Continuous Scale Physical Functional Performance 10-item Test (CS-PFP10), Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE), HAMPS Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Adults, Yale Physical Activity Survey (YPAS), and modified Baecke questionnaire. The total PASE score, three outcome scores for the CHAMPS, and three summary indices for the YPAS were significantly correlated with total CS-PFP10 score. The modified Baecke exhibited no correlations with CS-PFP10 scores. The PASE, CHAMPS, and YPAS appear to be the most valid PA self-report questionnaires for culturally diverse older adults.