ERIC Number: EJ864859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Organic Foods: Do Eco-Friendly Attitudes Predict Eco-Friendly Behaviors?
Dahm, Molly J.; Samonte, Aurelia V.; Shows, Amy R.
Journal of American College Health, v58 n3 p195-202 2009
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether student awareness and attitudes about organic foods would predict their behaviors with regard to organic food consumption and other healthy lifestyle practices. A secondary purpose was to determine whether attitudes about similar eco-friendly practices would result in socially conscious behaviors. Participants: The sample was students (N = 443) enrolled in 1 of 2 core courses in a mid-sized Southern university. Method Summary: Students completed an anonymous 28-item survey about their awareness, attitudes, and behaviors. Linear regression and path analysis were used to test whether attitudes were related to purchase of organic foods and eco-friendly behaviors. Results: Many students (49%) possessed factual knowledge about organic foods. More (64%) felt positively about having organic food options available to them both on campus and elsewhere. Taste and price most influenced the purchase of such foods. Attitudes were significant predictors of consumption behaviors and healthy practices. Conclusions: Positive attitudes toward organic foods and other environmentally friendly practices significantly predicted similar behaviors. Student consumers seem to act upon their beliefs. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Regression (Statistics), Path Analysis, Food, Health Behavior, College Students, Surveys, Knowledge Level, Predictor Variables, Conservation (Environment)
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