Background: This study aimed to develop a reliable instrument, the Dogs and Physical Activity (DAPA) tool, for measuring important attributes and scales relating to the dog-walking behavior of dog owners. Methods: Items measuring dog-specific individual, social environmental, physical environmental, and policy-related factors that affect dog owners' walking with their dogs were assessed for test-retest reliability. Factor analysis was undertaken to demonstrate that the collection of test items had underlying constructs consistent with the theoretical framework. Results: DAPA-tool items had test-retest reliability scores >.7, indicating a high level of stability. Distinct general and dog-specific constructs of subscales measuring dog-supportive features of parks, bathers to dog walking, and behavioral beliefs about the outcomes of regular dog walking were demonstrated through factor analysis. Conclusions: The DAPA tool is the first comprehensive, reliable tool for measuring important attributes and scales relating to dog owners' physical activity and the context-specific factors that affect owners' walking with their dogs.
|Journal||Journal of Physical Activity & Health|
|Issue number||Supp. 1|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B., Knuiman, M., & Pikora, T. (2008). Physical activity behaviour of dog owners: Development and reliability of the Dogs and Physical Activity (DAPA) tool. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 5(Supp. 1), S73-S89.