Skip to main content

Using Cognitive Mapping to Develop a Community-Based Family Intervention

Buy Article:

$39.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


Objective: To describe the development of a consumer-oriented intervention for increasing intake of fruits and vegetables (FVs) in families (n=265). Method: A cognitive-mapping approach was used to specify intervention performance objectives and a tailoring strategy. Results: MDS and hierarchical cluster analysis indicated that FV perceptions are organized into 6 clusters arrayed along 3 dimensions. In combination with 3 general family-functioning measures, 11 perceptions explained approximately 18% of the variance in parent FVI. K-means cluster analysis revealed 4 types of families. Conclusion: Cognitive mapping provides a systematic approach for including qualitative data in the design of tailored interventions.

Keywords: diet; family; intervention; multidimensional scaling; tailoring

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Services Administration, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 2: Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 3: Department of Health Behavior, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 4: Department of Psychology, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

Publication date: 2004-01-01

More about this publication?
  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Review Board
  • Reprints and Permissions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more