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DAPA Measurement Toolkit

Children's Physical Activity Questionnaire

The Child Physical Activity Questionnaire (CPAQ) asks parents to report on their child’s physical activity and sedentary activities across school time and leisure time over the past 7 days.

It asks questions across four areas of activities:

- Sports activities

- Leisure time activities

- Activities at school (inc. Physical Education classes and active travel)

- Other activities (inc. sedentary activities such as TV viewing, computer use, homework, play)

Frequency and duration of a number of activities within each section are asked for weekdays and weekend days. The instrument is typically administered to the parent.


Component Detail
Question type Closed
Items 49
Time frame Past 7 days
Administration Parental report
Sections: 1) Sports activities; 2) Leisure activities; 3) Activities at school; 4) Other activities (inc. Sedentary activities)
Output variable Units
Resource Link
PDF of instrument External site
Outcome derivation External site
Lifestage Reliability and validity literature
Child (4-5yrs) PubMed Link