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The role of ethnic identity and perceived ethnic norms in the purchase of ethnical food products.
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PMID:  18775756     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The role of group and individual variables in the purchasing of ethnical food products was tested through an extended theory of planned behavior (TPB) model. A total of 100 Indian female immigrants, living in Rome, Italy, were administered a self-reported questionnaire measuring the classical TPB variables (attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, behavioral intentions and self-reported behaviors) plus 3 additional variables: identification with the Indian ethnic group, perceived norms of the Indian ethnic group, and past behavior. Results confirmed that the new variables introduced are distinct from the original TPB components. As expected, variables at both the individual and group level play a role in predicting purchasing of ethnical foods products. Hierarchical multiple regressions showed that past behavior, ethnical identification, and perceived group norms explain an additional proportion of variance in intentions and self-reported behaviors, independently of attitudes, subjective norms and perceived control. A significant 2-way interaction between ethnical identification and perceived group norms was also detected: as predicted, the highest levels of ethnical food purchasing behavior were reported by high ethnical identifiers with stronger ethnical group norms, while the lowest levels were reported by low ethnical identifiers with weaker ethnical group norms. Theoretical and practical implications of results are discussed.
Giuseppe Carrus; Anna Maria Nenci; Pierluigi Caddeo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-08-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1095-8304     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-01     Completed Date:  2009-02-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  65-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Roma Tre, Department of Cultural and Educational Studies, Experimental Psychology Laboratory, Via del Castro Pretorio 20, 00185 Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Ethnic Groups / psychology*
Food Preferences / ethnology*
India / ethnology
Models, Psychological
Social Identification*

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