Testing mediating variables in a school-based nutrition intervention program

Kim D. Reynolds, Amy L Yaroch, Frank A. Franklin, Julie Maloy

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Abstract

This study identified mediators of a school-based nutrition intervention for 4th graders and their parents. Nine variables were tested for satisfying 4 conclusions necessary to establish mediation of intervention effects on changes in fruit and vegetable consumption (FVC) in 4th graders (N = 1,676). FVC was measured in children by the use of 24-hr dietary recalls. Mediators were assessed by the use of questionnaires completed by children and parents. All 4 conclusions were met for positive outcome expectancies. Knowledge, self-efficacy, and parent consumption satisfied the first 3 conclusions for mediation but the mediating effects were not statistically significant (Conclusion 4). Future mediational analyses and the creation of a national database of mediators are crucial for increasing strength and efficiency of school-based nutrition programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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Keywords

  • Fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Mediators
  • Nutrition intervention
  • School-based

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  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Testing mediating variables in a school-based nutrition intervention program. / Reynolds, Kim D.; Yaroch, Amy L; Franklin, Frank A.; Maloy, Julie.

In: Health Psychology, Vol. 21, No. 1, 01.01.2002, p. 51-60.

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Reynolds, Kim D. ; Yaroch, Amy L ; Franklin, Frank A. ; Maloy, Julie. / Testing mediating variables in a school-based nutrition intervention program. In: Health Psychology. 2002 ; Vol. 21, No. 1. pp. 51-60.
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