ERIC Number: EJ1104797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Impact of Content-Based Network Technologies on Perceptions of Nutrition Literacy
Brewer, Hannah; Church, E. Mitchell; Brewer, Steven L.
American Journal of Health Education, v47 n4 p243-252 2016
Background: Consumers are exposed to obesogenic environments on a regular basis. Building nutrition literacy is critical for sustaining healthy dietary habits for a lifetime and reducing the prevalence of chronic disease. Purpose: There is a need to investigate the impact of content-based network (CBN) technologies on perceptions of nutrition literacy because use of content-based networks has increased indefinitely. Methods: A quantitative survey analyzed by structural equation modeling was used to examine 3 CBN characteristics: serendipitous nutrition discovery, nutrition information management, and social modeling in relation to nutrition self-efficacy and perceptions of nutrition literacy among a sample of undergraduate students (N = 349). Results: Users of the website Pinterest, the most popular CBN, provide support that perception of the CBN's ability to provide access to new and interesting nutrition content impacts feelings of self-efficacy when making dietary decisions. Translation to Health Education Practice: Content-based networks such as Pinterest may serve as a viable tool for increasing nutrition literacy by enhancing self-efficacy around nutrition.
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Health Behavior, Dietetics, Statistical Analysis, Surveys, Structural Equation Models, Information Management, Social Influences, Self Efficacy, Undergraduate Students, Health Education, Technology Uses in Education, Social Media, Educational Technology, Likert Scales
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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