Development of a technology-assisted food frequency questionnaire for elementary and middle school children: Findings from a pilot study

Andrea L. Deierlein, Jessica D. Bihuniak, Ekanta Nagi, Jackie Litvak, Christian Victoria, Tanya Braune, Rick Weiss, Niyati Parekh

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Abstract

Background: This pilot study collected preliminary data for the modification of the VioScreen Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ), an adult-validated, self-administered, web-based dietary assessment tool for use in older children. Methods: A convenience sample of 55 children, aged 6–14 years, completed the VioScreen FFQ and 3-day diet record (reference standard). Caregivers completed a short sociodemographic questionnaire. Reported dietary intakes from the VioScreen FFQ and 3-day diet record were calculated using standard nutrient databases, and descriptive statistics were used to examine differences in food/beverage items and portion sizes between the two methods. Informal focus groups obtained user feedback and identified components of the VioScreen FFQ that required modifications. Results: The highest de-attenuated Pearson correlation coefficients between the VioScreen FFQ and 3-day diet record were observed for iron (r = 0.69), saturated fat (r = 0.59), and vegetables (r = 0.56), and the lowest were for whole grains (r = 0.11) and vitamin C (r = 0.16). Qualitative feedback was overall positive, and six technological modifications were identified. Conclusion: Findings from this pilot study provided valuable information on the process of evaluating the use of the VioScreen FFQ among older children, and will inform the future development of a modified version for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1103
JournalNutrients
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Dietary assessment
  • Food frequency questionnaire
  • Web-based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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