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Keywords:

  • Child;
  • obesity;
  • parent;
  • psychometric;
  • self-efficacy

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.