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Comparing stage of change and behavioral intention to understand fruit intake.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17041018     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We explored if the pre-action Transtheoretical stages of change are indeed discrete stages for fruit intakes. In a longitudinal design, a cohort of 735 adults completed electronic questionnaires assessing fruit intake, stages of change and intention to increase fruit intake at baseline and 35 and 67 days follow-up. A dichotomization of a continuous intention measure ('pseudostages') was compared with precontemplation and contemplation stages. The results showed (i) that pseudostages and stages of change were strongly associated; (ii) that for most respondents, stability and transitions in stages of change resembled transitions in pseudostage, while test-retest reliabilities for both measures were similar and (iii) that pseudostages and the continuous intention measure were stronger predictors of fruit intake than stage of change. We conclude that pre-action stages of change for fruit are not different from a mere categorization of a continuous intention measure.
Emely de Vet; Jascha de Nooijer; Nanne K de Vries; Johannes Brug
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-10-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health education research     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0268-1153     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Educ Res     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-13     Completed Date:  2007-09-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608459     Medline TA:  Health Educ Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  599-608     Citation Subset:  T    
Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Feeding Behavior / psychology*
Longitudinal Studies
Models, Psychological

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