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Social influence and motivation to change health behaviors among mexican-origin adults: implications for diet and physical activity.

Ashida, Sato and Wilkinson, Anna V and Koehly, Laura M (2012) Social influence and motivation to change health behaviors among mexican-origin adults: implications for diet and physical activity. American journal of health promotion : AJHP, 26 (3). pp. 176-179. ISSN 0890-1171

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Abstract

Abstract Purpose . To evaluate whether influence from social network members is associated with motivation to change dietary and physical activity behaviors. Design . Baseline assessment followed by mailing of family health history-based personalized messages (2 weeks) and follow-up assessment (3 months). Setting . Families from an ongoing population-based cohort in Houston, Texas. Subjects . 475 adults from 161 Mexican-origin families. Out of 347 households contacted, 162 (47%) participated. Measures . Family health history, social networks, and motivation to change behaviors. Analysis . Two-level logistic regression modeling. Results . Having at least one network member who encourages one to eat more fruits and vegetables (p = .010) and to engage in regular physical activity (p = .046) was associated with motivation to change the relevant behavior. About 40% of the participants did not have encouragers for these behaviors. Conclusions . Identification of new encouragers within networks and targeting natural encouragers (e.g., children, spouses) may increase the efficacy of interventions to motivate behavioral changes among Mexican-origin adults.


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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Influence, Behavioral Motivation, Family Health History, Mexican-American, Prevention Research, fitness/physical activity, nutrition,
Subjects: Health > Nutrition
Practice > interventions
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Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 11:57
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2012 11:57
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3696

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