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Online ISSN 1827-1928
EPIDEMIOLOGY AND CLINICAL MEDICINE
Ana C. SEABRA 1, José A. MAIA 1, Melissa PARKER 2, André SEABRA 3, Robert BRUSTAD 2, António M. FONSECA 1
1 Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport (CIFI2D), Faculty of Sports, University of Porto, Portugal; 2 College of Natural & Health Sciences, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, USA; 3 Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure (CIAFEL), Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Portugal
BACKGROUND: Attraction to physical activity (PA) is an important contributor to children´s intrinsic motivation to engage in games, and sports. Previous studies have supported the utility of the Children´s Attraction to PA Scale (CAPA) but the validity of this measure for use in Portugal has not been established. The purpose of this study was to cross-validate the shorter version of the CAPA Scale in the Portuguese cultural context.
METHODS: A sample of 342 children (8-10 years of age) was used. Confirmatory factor analyses using EQS software (version 6.1) tested three competing measurement models: a single-factor model, a five factor model, and a second order factor model.
RESULTS: The single-factor model and the second order model showed a poor fit to the data. It was found that a five-factor model similar to the original one revealed good fit to the data (S-Bχ2(67)=94.27, P=0.02; NNFI=0.93; CFI=0.95; RMSEA=0.04; 90%CI=0.02;0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: The results indicated that the CAPA Scale is valid and appropriate for use in the Portuguese cultural context. The availability of a valid scale to evaluate attraction to PA at schools should provide improved opportunities for better assessment and understanding of children’s involvement in PA.