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Public Health Nutr. 2007 Dec;10(12):1508-14. Epub 2007 Aug 9.

Psychosocial and demographic predictors of fruit, juice and vegetable consumption among 11-14-year-old Boy Scouts.

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Houston Health Science Center, School of Public Health, The University of Texas at Houston, 1200 Hermann Pressler Drive, Suite E-627, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Psychosocial and demographic correlates of fruit, juice and vegetable (FJV) consumption were investigated to guide how to increase FJV intake.

DESIGN:

Hierarchical multiple regression analysis of FJV consumption on demographics and psychosocial variables.

SETTING:

Houston, Texas, USA.

SUBJECTS:

Boys aged 11-14 years (n = 473).

RESULTS:

FJV preference and availability were both significant predictors of FJV consumption, controlling for demographics and clustering of Boy Scout troops. Vegetable self-efficacy was associated with vegetable consumption. The interaction of preference by home availability was a significant predictor of FJV. The interaction of self-efficacy by home availability showed a trend towards significantly predicting vegetable consumption. No significant interactions were found between body mass index and the psychosocial variables.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings suggest that future interventions emphasising an increase in preference, availability and efficacy may increase consumption of FJV in similar populations.

PMID:
17686203
DOI:
10.1017/S1368980007000742
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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