Angela Jury

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2008
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
Fruit and vegetable intake among men in New Zealand: An evaluation and extension of a stage and continuous model of dietary behaviour

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Ms Jury evaluated and extended a stage and continuous model of fruit and vegetable (F&V) intake among men in New Zealand. Low F&V intake is associated with an increased risk of some chronic diseases and mortality. The study contributes to a better understanding of the process of behaviour change and psychosocial and contextual factors associated with F&V intake. Perceived norms were a key factor across the stages of change and predicted intentions of eating 5+ a day. Proximal determinants of F&V intake included intentions and self efficacy, but their impact differed depending on food insecurity level. Fewer men were eating 5+ a day in households where the supply of food was more uncertain, but these men had higher intentions of doing so in the future. Perceived ability was nevertheless the main predictor of their behaviour. Findings have implications for the design and targeting of interventions aimed at increasing F&V intake.

Supervisors
Associate Professor Ross Flett
Dr Paul Hirini

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