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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Matthew Normand

First Committee Member

Carolynn Kohn

Second Committee Member

Todd Davenport


The purpose of the current study was to compare the results yielded from descriptive analyses of physical activity to those of functional analyses with the same preschool children. Descriptive analyses were conducted during repeated, 30-min naturally occurring outdoor times on an outdoor playground in a local daycare. Five minute functional analysis sessions were conducted on an outdoor playground within a multi-element experimental design. The Observational System for Recording Physical Activity in Children (McIver, Brown, Pfeiffer, Dowda, & Pate, 2009) was used to define the conditions and various levels of physical activity within both the descriptive and functional analyses. Overall, results for all participants suggested high correspondence between outcomes from the functional and descriptive analyses with respect to the context related to the highest level of MVPA, but correspondence varied across other contexts. Implications of the results and suggestions for future research are offered.





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