Perceived Susceptibility to Cardiovascular Disease and Dietary Intake in Women
Authors: Humphries, Debbie; Krummel, Debra A.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 23, Number 4, July 1999 , pp. 250-260(11)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objective: To examine perceived susceptibility to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and dietary behaviors in women. Methods: A 12-page survey and three 24-hour diet recalls were completed by 193 women. Results: Marital status, BMI, income, and age were the only risk factors related to perceived susceptibility. Intention to change diet was not related. However, higher fat and lower fiber intakes were observed in women with more barriers or low self-efficacy for adopting a low-fat diet. Conclusion: Awareness of the role risk factors play in CVD development is needed in women. Interventions that address barriers and self-efficacy may help women with dietary behavior change.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Community Medicine, Prevention Research Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
Publication date: 1999-07-01
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