Field testing a questionnaire assessing parental psychosocial factors related to consumption of calcium-rich foods by Hispanic, Asian, and Non-Hispanic white young adolescent children

Jennifer L. Vyduna, Carol J. Boushey, Christine M. Bruhn, Marla Reicks, Garry W. Auld, Mary Cluskey, Miriam Edlefsen, Scottie Misner, Beth Olson, Jessica Schram, Sahar Zaghloul

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Intervention strategies to increase calcium intake of parents and young adolescent children could be improved by identifying psychosocial factors influencing intake. The objective was to develop a tool to assess factors related to calcium intake among parents and Hispanic, Asian, and non-Hispanic white young adolescent children (10–13 years) meeting acceptable standards for psychometric properties. A parent questionnaire was constructed from interviews conducted to identify factors. Parents (n = 166) in the United States completed the questionnaire, with seventy-one completing it twice. Two constructs (Attitudes/Preferences and Social/Environmental) were identified and described by eighteen subscales with Cronbach’s alpha levels from.50 to.79. Test-retest coefficients ranged from.68 to.85 (p < .001). Several subscales were statistically significantly associated with parent characteristics consistent with theory and published literature. This tool shows promise as a valid and reliable measure of factors associated with calcium-rich food intake among parents and young adolescent children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016



  • Adolescent
  • Asian
  • Hispanic
  • calcium-rich foods
  • non-Hispanic white
  • parent
  • psychosocial factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Ecology

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