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Why women of lower educational attainment struggle to make healthier food choices: The importance of psychological and social factors

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Lawrence, W and Skinner, TC and Haslam, C and Robinson, S and Inskip, H and Barker, D and Cooper, C and Jackson, A and Barker, M, Why women of lower educational attainment struggle to make healthier food choices: The importance of psychological and social factors, Psychology and Health: An International Journal, 24, (9) pp. 1003-1020 . ISSN 0887-0446 (2009) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/08870440802460426

Abstract

Women of lower educational attainment are more likely to eat unhealthy diets than women of higher educational attainment. To identify influences on the food choices of women with lower educational attainment, 11 focus groups (eight with women of lower, and three with women of higher educational attainment) were held. Using a semi-structured discussion guide, environmental, social, historical and psychological factors known to be associated with food choice were explored. Audio recordings were transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed. Compared to women of higher educational attainment, women of lower educational attainment had less control over their families' food choices, less support for attempts to eat healthily, fewer opportunities to observe and learn good food-related practices, more negative affect, more perceived environmental constraints and more ambiguous beliefs about the consequences of eating a nutritious diet. These findings provide a starting point for taking forward the design of an intervention to improve the diets of young women.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and Dietetics
Research Field:Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Skinner, TC (Professor Timothy Skinner)
ID Code:74145
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-11-14
Last Modified:2012-06-15
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