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The Development and Preliminary Validation of the Behavior, Environment, and Changeability Survey (BECS).
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PMID:  23140563     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To develop and test the validity of the Behavior, Environment, and Changeability Survey (BECS) for identifying the importance and changeability of nutrition, exercise, and stress management behavior and related aspects of the environment.
DESIGN: A cross-sectional, online survey of the BECS and selected validated instruments.
SETTING: Ten state universities.
PARTICIPANTS: A convenience sample of college students (n = 1,283), ages 18-24 years.
ANALYSIS: Principal component analysis was used to confirm a 6-component structure of the BECS in 2 independent samples for the purpose of cross-validation. Internal consistency was measured and construct and criterion-related analyses were conducted to test the reliability and validity of the BECS subscales.
RESULTS: Six components representing 34 BECS items were revealed from the original 69 items and explained 64% of the total variance. Six scales were retained, and internal consistency of each ranged from α = .82 to .93. BECS Nutrition Behavior and Nutrition Changeability scale scores were highest for participants in action/maintenance Stages of Change for fruit and vegetable intake.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: There is strong support for the use of the BECS when planning health programs to gain insight into behavior that young adults are willing to improve, specifically related to nutrition, exercise, and sleep.
Jennifer R Walsh; Angel Hebert; Carol Byrd-Bredbenner; Gale Carey; Sarah Colby; Onikia N Brown-Esters; Geoffrey Greene; Sharon Hoerr; Tanya Horacek; Kendra Kattelmann; Tandalayo Kidd; Mallory Koenings; Beatrice Phillips; Karla P Shelnutt; Adrienne A White
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1708-8259     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  490-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Maine, Orono, ME. Electronic address:
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