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Using theory of planned behavior to predict healthy eating of Danish adolescents

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  • Alice Grønhøj
  • Tino Bech-Larsen
  • Kara Chan, Department of Communcations Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
  • Lennon Tsang, Department of Communication Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
Purpose - The objective of the study was to apply the Theory of Planned Behavior to predict Danish adolescents’ behavioural intention for healthy eating.
Design/methodology/approach - A cluster sample survey of 410 students aged 11 to 16 years studying in Grade 6 to Grade 10 was conducted in Denmark.
Findings - Perceived behavioural control followed by attitudes were the most important factors in predicting behavioural intention. Females and adolescents with a higher BMI were also found to have a stronger behavioural intention. Healthy eating was perceived to be beneficial and useful, and, to a lesser extent, interesting and desirable. Family, TV programmes, and teachers were influential socialization agents.
Research limitations – The survey responses may be affected by a social desirability bias. The survey includes a non-probability sample and results may not be generalized to all Danish adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Education
Pages (from-to)4-17
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Research areas

  • MAPP, Adolescents' health, Social marketing, Attitudes, Behavioral change

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