Initial development and testing of a questionnaire of parental self-efficacy for enacting healthy lifestyles in their children

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  • Jonathan W. Decker

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    1. Jonathan W. Decker, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida College of Nursing, Orlando, Florida, USA
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  • Disclosure: The author reports no actual or potential conflicts of interest.

Jonathan.Decker@ucf.edu, with a copy to the Editor, roxie.foster@UCDenver.edu

Abstract

Purpose.  The purpose of this study was to develop and test a questionnaire to assess parental self-efficacy for enacting healthy diet and physical activity behaviors in their 6- to 11-year-old children.

Design and Methods.  A 35-item questionnaire was developed and tested with 146 U.S. parents.

Results.  Participant responses resulted in a 34-item questionnaire with two subscales (dietary behaviors and physical activity behaviors), which were valid and reliable in the study sample.

Practice Implications.  This new measure will serve as a tool for the assessment of parental self-efficacy for enacting healthy lifestyles in their children 6–11 years old.

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