Evidence of reliability and validity of IPAQ for Mexican-American adults

Madan M Dang, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Physical activity is a key component of life-style modification process which helps to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. It is important to have accurate estimates of physical activity to identify sedentary populations where interventions might be helpful. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) short version has been used to estimate physical activity in diverse populations. However, there is little literature depicting the use of the IPAQ short version in Mexican America population. This study addressed the predictive validity and test-retest reliability of the IPAQ short version in Mexican American adults. The analysis was performed on 97 participants enrolled in the Cameron County Hispanic Cohort. Individuals selected in this study were 18 years of age or older. The predictive validity was evaluated by studying the relationship between physical activity and biomarkers known to be correlated with physical activity, namely, TNF-α, Adiponectin, and HDL. Multiple linear regression analysis was performed to delineate predictive validity. To assess test-retest reliability, two IPAQ-short last seven days questionnaires were interviewer administered to the participants on the same day, approximately two hours apart. Test-Retest reliability of IPAQ was estimated by performing intraclass correlations between the readings at two different time periods. The study showed that the IPAQ – short version used in the above study had acceptable test-retest reliability in the Mexican American population. This study showed that the IPAQ – short version did not have acceptable predictive validity when looking at physical activity and TNF-α, Adiponectin, and HDL in this sample.

Subject Area

Public health

Recommended Citation

Dang, Madan M, "Evidence of reliability and validity of IPAQ for Mexican-American adults" (2009). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1470212.