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J Obes. 2017;2017:2849674. doi: 10.1155/2017/2849674. Epub 2017 Feb 28.

Values, Norms, and Peer Effects on Weight Status.

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1
Institute for Health Care & Public Management, University of Hohenheim, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany.
2
Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelænshaven 18a, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark.

Abstract

This study uses data from the European Social Survey in order to test the Prinstein-Dodge hypothesis that posits that peer effects may be larger in collectivistic than in individualistic societies. When defining individualism and collectivism at the country level, our results show that peer effects on obesity are indeed larger in collectivistic than in individualistic societies. However, when defining individualism and collectivism with individual values based on the Shalom Schwartz universal values theory, we find little support for this hypothesis.

PMID:
28348886
PMCID:
PMC5350312
DOI:
10.1155/2017/2849674
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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