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Calcium Counts Food Frequency Questionnaire (CCFFQ)
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Exploratory: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Pediatric, for children ages 7-10 (particularly studies interested in calcium and skeletal development)
Short Description of Instrument
The Calcium Counts!© FFQ (CCFFQ) is a 41 item that assesses calcium intake in school- age children, aged 7-10 years (Zemel et al., 2010). The CCFFQ provides an alternative for estimating calcium intake in this population. The CCFFQ can be conducted with the parent or child and takes approximately 15 minutes to administer.


Validity/reliability: Concurrent validity: moderate (r = 0.61); Test/retest: high (r = 0.74)
Comments/Special Instructions
Scoring: A computer program is utilized to calculate the calcium intake by the CCFFQ.


Age range: 7-10 years
The CCFFQ is especially well-suited as a tool to identify children with low calcium intakes (Margarey et al., 2014; Zemel et al., 2010).
Magarey A, Yaxley A, Markow K, Baulderstone L, Miller M. Evaluation of tools used to measure calcium and/or dairy consumption in children and adolescents.Public Health Nutr. 2014;17(8):1745-1756.


Zemel BS, Carey LB, Paulhamus DR, Stallings VA, Ittenbach RF. Quantifying calcium intake in school age children: development and validation of the Calcium Counts! food frequency questionnaire. Am J Hum Biol. 2010;22(2):180-186.


Document last updated June 2020