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Psychosocial Predictors of Increases in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

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Objectives : To examine psychosocial predictors of changes in fruit and vegetable consumption.

Methods : Baseline psychosocial variables were used to explain differences in changes in consumption in 83 healthy women with children after they received free fruit and vegetables for one month.

Results : One-month changes in fruit consumption (mean 144; SE 16 g/day) were positively associated with perceived costs and perceived health benefits for the children, and negatively associated with perceived behavioral control. Changes in vegetable consumption (68 (11) g/day) were positively related with the intention to eat at least 200 g of vegetables and taste preferences of the children.

Conclusions : Fruit and vegetable consumption may be encouraged by influencing the above variables.

Keywords: fruit; health promotion; longitudinal studies; psychosocial factors; vegetables

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2007

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  • 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.

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