Co-creating a 24-hour movement behavior tool together with 9-12-year-old children using mixed-methods: MyDailyMoves

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BACKGROUND: All 24-h movement behaviors, i.e. physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep, are important for optimal health in children. Currently, no tools exist that include all 24-h behaviors and have been proven to be both reliable and valid. Potential reasons for the inadequate validity and reliability of existing questionnaires are the lack of focus on the content validity and lack of involvement of children in the development. Therefore, the aim of this study was to co-create a 24-h movement behavior tool together with 9-12-year-old children.

METHODS: Concept mapping and photovoice meetings were held to identify children's physical activity behaviors. During concept mapping meetings with four groups of children (n = 40), children generated an extensive list of physical activities they engaged in, sorted the activities in categories and rated the frequency and perceived intensity of these activities. Using photovoice, three groups of children (n = 24) photographed their physical activities during one weekday and one weekend day, named the photographs, and placed them on a timeline. Furthermore, researchers obtained information on relevant items regarding sleep and sedentary behavior by screening existing questionnaires. Thereafter, we developed the first version of MyDailyMoves. Subsequently, we examined the content validity of the tool together with three groups of children (n = 22) and one group of researchers (n = 7) using focus group meetings.

RESULTS: MyDailyMoves has a timeline format, onto which children add the activities they performed the previous day. Based on the concept mapping and photovoice studies, eight physical activity categories were included: playing inside, playing outside, sports, hobbies, chores, personal care, transport, and others. Sleep questions and two more sedentary categories (schoolwork and screen time) were added to MyDailyMoves to define and complete the timeline. The content validity study showed that all items in the tool were relevant. However, children mentioned that the activity category 'eating' was missing and the understandability of how to use the tool should be improved by adding an explanatory video. Both suggestions were adopted in the second version.

CONCLUSION: Including the children's perceptions throughout the tool development process resulted in a comprehensive and practical tool which is easy for children to use.

Original languageEnglish
Article number63
Pages (from-to)63
JournalThe international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2020

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