Social cognitive determinants of dietary behavior change in university employes

Shawna E. Doerksen, Edward McAuley

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Abstract

Many adults have poor dietary habits and few studies have focused on mechanisms underlying these behaviors. This study examined psychosocial determinants of dietary behavior change in university employes across a 5-month period. Participants completed measures of fruit and vegetable consumption (FVC) and low fat food consumption (LFC) and social cognitive constructs. Multiple regression analyses accounted for a unique proportion of variation in dietary change. Outcome expectations significantly predicted FVC and LFC. Self-efficacy significantly predicted LFC. Goals were not associated with dietary behaviors. Further research into implementation strategies may provide insight into how goals work to bring about change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number23
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume2
Issue numberAPR
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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