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ERIC Number: EJ854666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Predicting Intentions to Eat a Healthful Diet by College Baseball Players: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior
Pawlak, Roman; Malinauskas, Brenda; Rivera, David
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v41 n5 p334-339 Sep-Oct 2009
Objective: To assess factors important to college baseball players regarding intention to eat a healthful diet within the Theory of Planned Behavior. Design: A survey based on the Theory of Planned Behavior was administered during the 2006 summer league season from 5 of the Northern Division teams of the Coastal Plain League. Participants: Male undergraduate college baseball players (mean [standard deviation (SD)] age 20.25 [1.12]). Phenomenon of Interest: Prediction of behavioral intention to eat a healthful diet. Analysis: Regression analysis was used to assess how well the variables of the Theory of Planned Behavior predicted behavioral intention to eat a healthful diet. Results: Attitude, subjective norms, and perceived behavior control variables accounted for 72% of the variance in behavioral intention to eat a healthful diet. Attitude had the greatest influence on intention ([beta] = 0.383, P less than 0.001), followed by subjective norms ([beta] = 0.291, P less than 0.001), and perceived behavioral control ([beta] = 0.269, P less than 0.001). Athletes' daily schedule and their perception of the impact of a healthful diet on their focus and concentration had the biggest impact on intention to eat healthful food. Conclusions and Implications: University athletic administration must emphasize providing access to healthful food, especially during the season, both at home and while traveling to games. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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