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Intention for Healthy Eating Among Southern Appalachian Teens

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Objective: To describe the intention for healthy eating and its correlates among southern Appalachian teens.

Methods: Four hundred sixteen adolescents 14 to 16 years old were surveyed with self-administered questionnaires.

Results: About 30% of the adolescents surveyed had definite intentions to eat healthfully during the next 2 weeks. The scales for perceived behavior control, attitude, perceived eating habits of significant others, and social support were shown to be fairly reliable (Cronbach's 0.60 to 0.88). Perceived behavior control and attitude were positively associated with the intention for healthy eating.

Conclusions: Better behavior control and more positive attitude may lead to a stronger intention for healthy eating.

Keywords: adolescence; diet; social norm; the theory of planned behavior

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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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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