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Bediako, Shawn M. and Kwate, Naa Oyo A. and Rucker, Reggie (2004) DIETARY BEHAVIOR AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS: ASSESSING CULTURAL IDENTITY AND HEALTH CONSCIOUSNESS. Ethnicity & Disease, 14 (4). pp. 527-532. ISSN ISSN: 1049-510X

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The present study utilized the African selfconsciousness (ASC) construct as an index of African-American cultural identity, and explored its association with health consciousness and dietary behavior. One hundred ninety- seven African-American adults residing in a Southeastern community participated in the study. Results demonstrated few, but significant, correlations between cultural identity and health consciousness. A similar relationship was observed between cultural identity and dietary behavior. Further, after statistically controlling for health consciousness, cultural identity contributed unique variance to dietary behavior. These ®ndings represent preliminary evidence suggesting the general viability of cultural models in explaining African American health behavior. More importantly, the study offers avenues for additional research on the complex roles played by culture and cultural identity in African-American dietary behavior.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Cultural Identity; Dietary Behavior; African Americans
Subjects: Health
Health > Nutrition
Research > studies
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Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 15:05
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1181

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