Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivations for Healthful Dietary Change in African Americans

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Abstract:

Objective : To describe associations of intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for dietary change with participant characteristics and current diet among African Americans.

Methods : Cross-sectional survey of 658 African American adults in North Carolina provided information on intrinsic (self-image and health concerns) and extrinsic (social influence) motivation scales, participant characteristics, and diet.

Results : Most respondents considered it important to change their diet for health reasons; fewer were motivated by self-image or social influence. Motivation scales were significantly associated with demographic, behavioral, and psychosocial characteristics and fat, but not fruit/vegetable consumption, after adjustment for covariates (P<0.05).

Conclusion : Tailoring on intrinsic and extrinsic motives may improve the effectiveness of dietary interventions in African Americans.

Keywords: African Americans; diet; dietary change; dietary fat; extrinsic; fruits and vegetables; intrinsic; motivations

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.31.6.9

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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