Turkish version of the SPAN questionnaire for high-school students: reproducibility and validity

ÖZ F., Metintas S., Aydin R., Ozay O.

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN HEALTH JOURNAL, vol.22, no.10, pp.735-741, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.26719/2016.22.10.735
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.735-741
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


This study aimed to generate a Turkish version of the School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) (2009) questionnaire for high-school students and to test its validity and reproducibility. The questionnaire was translated and back translated and the language validity was assessed. It was tested and re-tested on 318 high-school students to evaluate its validity and reproducibility. Validity was determined by comparing the parts of the questionnaire about what was eaten in the previous day with that of 24-hour food consumption lists. Statistical analysis was performed by using Spearman correlation analysis, kappa statistics and percentage of agreement. The highest test-re-test results were on foods consumed the day before, with an agreement percentage range of 56%-96% and a kappa range of 0.43-0.95. The items related to physical activity had an agreement range of 38%-88% and a kappa range of 0.24-0.82. The reproducibility and validity of the Turkish version of SPAN questionnaire is acceptable and it is a rapid, easily used tool for the assessment of nutrition and physical activity in schoolchildren.