ActiveYou I – a new web-based measure of activity preferences among children with disabilities

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Dalen, Lars Kristian, Nyquist, Astrid, Shields, Linda, Stanley, David, Nyquist, Tor Erik, Jahnsen, Reidun and Ullenhag, Anna. (2021). ActiveYou I – a new web-based measure of activity preferences among children with disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 28(8), pp. 598-608. https://doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2020.1822442
AuthorsDalen, Lars Kristian, Nyquist, Astrid, Shields, Linda, Stanley, David, Nyquist, Tor Erik, Jahnsen, Reidun and Ullenhag, Anna
Abstract

Background
Children’s preferences for activities are one of the most important predictors for participation. Currently no web-based measure of activity preferences exists for children with disabilities.

Aim
To develop and investigate feasibility and internal consistency of a new web-based measure of activity preferences, ActiveYou I for children with disabilities.

Materials and methods
The ActiveYou I was developed in three steps using a mixed-methods design. A review of the preferred goal activities of 149 children with disabilities was used to identify relevant activities. A pilot version of ActiveYou I was tested with 341 children with disabilities. Semi-structured group interviews and cognitive interviews were conducted with therapists and children with disabilities.

Results
Nineteen physical activities were included in the pilot version. The pilot trial resulted in two activities being excluded, and one activity added, leaving the instrument with eighteen activities. Internal consistency was acceptable (Cronbach’s α ≥ 0.77). Interviews with therapists and children showed that ActiveYou I included relevant activities and was easy to answer.

Conclusion
ActiveYou I proves to be a valid and feasible, web-based instrument for mapping activity preferences in children and adolescents with disabilities.

Significance
Preferences are an important mediator for participation; consequently it is essential to seek activities that match the children’s preferences.

Keywordschoice; digital; impairment; participation; assessment utility
Year2021
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Journal citation28 (8), pp. 598-608
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1103-8128
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2020.1822442
PubMed ID32955958
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85091230840
Page range598-608
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online21 Sep 2020
Publication process dates
Accepted08 Sep 2020
Deposited27 Jul 2021
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