Table 2

Facilitator characteristics at Time 1 and Time 2
Time 1 ratings Time 2 ratings
(M, SD) (M, SD)
n = 12 n = 11
Item 1: Transition smoothly between activities 3.83, 0.83 3.91, 0.70
Item 2: Use open-ended questions as a means of encouraging participants to talk 3.75, 1.06 4.18, 0.75
Item 3: Encourage children and parents involvement with discussion and activities 4.03, 0.90 4.27, 0.79
Item 4: Encourage group members to develop their own solutions to problems and prompt use of problem-solving when appropriate 4.08, 0.67 4.18, 0.60
Item 5: Manage participant behavior effectively to minimize disruptions to group process (e.g. maintain focus, help get participants back on track) 4.42, 0.51 4.00, 0.45
Item 6: Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills by expressing warmth, genuineness, and enthusiasm while delivering content 4.42, 0.67 4.64, 0.67
Item 7: Reinforce participant efforts by using praise and minimal encouragements (e.g. “uh-huh”, “okay”) 4.17, 0.83 4.00, 0.77
Item 8: Support participants by acknowledging progress toward weekly behavioral goals 3.70, 1.06 4.00, 0.77
Item 9: Deliver intervention without relying too much on written manuals (e.g. not reading) 3.92, 0.90 4.09, 0.54
Total sum of facilitator characteristics (sum across nine items) 35.75, 5.80 37.27, 4.22
Facilitator characteristics (average across nine items) 4.04, 0.61 4.14, 0.47
Expert facilitator rating 5.92, 1.56 6.09, 1.30

Note: Items 1–9 rated on a 5-point scale where 1 = not at all and 5 = advanced. Expert facilitator rating on a 9-point scale were 1–3 = novice, 4–6 = Intermediate, and 7–9 = Advanced.

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Jelalian et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014 11:17   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-17

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