International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 329–336 | Cite as

Test–retest reliability of the scale of participation in organized activities among adolescents in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

  • Lucia Bosakova
  • Peter Kolarcik
  • Daniela Bobakova
  • Martina Sulcova
  • Jitse P. Van Dijk
  • Sijmen A. Reijneveld
  • Andrea Madarasova Geckova
Original Article



Participation in organized activities is related with a range of positive outcomes, but the way such participation is measured has not been scrutinized. Test–retest reliability as an important indicator of a scale’s reliability has been assessed rarely and for “The scale of participation in organized activities” lacks completely. This test–retest study is based on the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study and is consistent with its methodology.


We obtained data from 353 Czech (51.9 % boys) and 227 Slovak (52.9 % boys) primary school pupils, grades five and nine, who participated in this study in 2013. We used Cohen’s kappa statistic and single measures of the intraclass correlation coefficient to estimate the test–retest reliability of all selected items in the sample, stratified by gender, age and country.


We mostly observed a large correlation between the test and retest in all of the examined variables (κ ranged from 0.46 to 0.68). Test–retest reliability of the sum score of individual items showed substantial agreement (ICC = 0.64).


The scale of participation in organized activities has an acceptable level of agreement, indicating good reliability.


Organized activities Adolescents HBSC Test–retest Reliability 



This work was supported by the Slovak Research and Development Agency under Contract No. APVV-0032-11 and by the IGA UP research project “Leisure Time in School-aged Children—HBSC Study”, Reg. No. FTK_2013_020, by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic through the project “Social determinants of health in socially and physically disadvantaged and other groups of population” (Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0063) and by the ECOP project “Strengthening the scientific potential of research teams in promoting physical activity at Palacky University” Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0171.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucia Bosakova
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Peter Kolarcik
    • 1
    • 3
  • Daniela Bobakova
    • 1
    • 3
  • Martina Sulcova
    • 4
  • Jitse P. Van Dijk
    • 1
    • 5
  • Sijmen A. Reijneveld
    • 5
  • Andrea Madarasova Geckova
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health Psychology, Medical FacultyP. J. Safarik University in KosiceKosiceSlovak Republic
  2. 2.Department of Quantitative Methods, Faculty of Business Economy in KosiceUniversity of Economics in BratislavaBratislavaSlovak Republic
  3. 3.Olomouc University Social Health Institute (OUSHI)Palacky University in OlomoucOlomoucCzech Republic
  4. 4.Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Physical CulturePalacky University in OlomoucOlomoucCzech Republic
  5. 5.Department of Social MedicineUniversity Medical Center Groningen, University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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