Identifier

etd-06102014-232243

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Human Ecology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This study developed a food preference survey to estimate adolescents’ willingness to consume energy-dense foods and sugar-sweetened beverages. Five focus group interviews with 13 to 19 year-old students were conducted, and items representing energy-dense foods, energy-dilute foods, sweetened beverages, and unsweetened beverages were determined (5 per category). The final survey was administered to 234 students. Willingness to consume items was assessed using a 7-point Likert Scale (1, representing “Extremely Unwilling” to 7, indicating “Extremely Willing”). Exploratory Factor Analysis using Principal Axis factoring with a Promax (oblique) rotation revealed two factors. Factor one included French fries, Kool-Aid, glazed donuts, cookies, lemonade, and pizza (23.9% of the variance). Factor 2 included nuts or peanut butter, low-fat or fat-free yogurt, grapes, and bananas (13.8% of the variance). Cronbach’s alpha was 0.770 for factor 1 and 0.664 for factor 2.

Date

2014

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Tuuri, Georgianna

Included in

Human Ecology Commons

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