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Am J Health Behav. 2013 May;37(3):299-309. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.3.2.

A new measure of dietary social support among African American adolescents.

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Department of Sociology, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, USA. dinoiaj@wpunj.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop and evaluate a measure of social support for fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption among economically disadvantaged African American adolescents.

METHODS:

Focus groups (N = 30) and pilot testing procedures (N = 17) were used to develop and pretest questionnaire items. Item, reliability, and validity analyses were conducted in a separate sample of 93 youth.

RESULTS:

The measure was internally consistent (Cronbach alpha = .93) and valid, as evidenced by significant correlations found with construct (diet-specific family support) and criterion (FV consumption) measures.

CONCLUSION:

The measure is a promising method for assessing social support for FV consumption in this population.

PMID:
23985176
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.37.3.2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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