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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Ethnic Differences in Social Correlates of Diet.

Authors
item Cullen, Karen
item Baranowski, Thomas
item Owens, Emiel
item DE Moor, Carl - UNV TX MD ANDERS CANCR CN
item Rittenberry, Latroy - BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MED
item Olvera, Norma - UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
item Resnicow, Ken - EMORY UNIVERSITY

Submitted to: Health Education Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 30, 2001
Publication Date: February 1, 2002
Citation: Cullen,K.W., Baranowski,T., Owens,E., De Moor,C., Rittenberry,L., Olvera,N., Resnicow,K. 2002. Ethnic differences in social correlates of diet. Health Education Research. 17(1):7-18.

Interpretive Summary: Little is known about whether culture influences social correlates of dietary behaviors. Questionnaires on parent- and child-reported family and peer influences on children's fruit, juice and vegetable consumption were analyzed for ethnic group differences in responses. Grade 4-6 students completed the questionnaires in the classroom and their parents completed telephone or in-home interviews. Analyses of variance across ethnic categories and chi2 analysis of differences in ethnic group composition between clusters of scales were conducted. Few ethnic group differences were detected, suggesting substantial commonality among respondents. Ethnic differences might be accommodated by interventions tailored to particular behaviors among ethnic groups.

Technical Abstract: Little is known about whether culture influences social correlates of dietary behaviors. Questionnaires on parent- and child-reported family and peer influences on children's fruit, juice and vegetable consumption were analyzed for ethnic group differences in responses. Grade 4-6 students completed the questionnaires in the classroom and their parents completed telephone or in-home interviews. Analyses of variance across ethnic categories and chi2 analysis of differences in ethnic group composition between clusters of scales were conducted. Few ethnic group differences were detected, suggesting substantial commonality among respondents. Ethnic differences might be accommodated by interventions tailored to particular behaviors among ethnic groups.

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