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ERIC Number: EJ880891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
Youth Transition to University in Germany and Australia: An Empirical Investigation of Healthy Eating Behaviour
Sharma, Bishnu; Harker, Michael; Harker, Debra; Reinhard, Karin
Journal of Youth Studies, v13 n3 p353-367 Jun 2010
The transition from living at home to living independently has been characterised as a time of stress, and there is evidence to suggest that this transition from youth to young adulthood influences food choice. The current study explores this phenomenon and compares 18-24-year-old university students' motivation for food choice in Australia and Germany. The study extends further to investigate the difference in students' food motives and attitude towards healthy eating by students' gender. In conducting this study, data collection were carried out using a self-administered questionnaire at regional universities in Australia and Germany. About 310 students in Australia and 305 students in Germany participated in the study. Whilst we found some significant differences on food choice factors, it also seems that German students' attitudes towards healthy eating are predicted by age, gender and health, whilst the Australian students' attitudes are predicted by age, health, mood, convenience, familiarity and ethical concerns. It appears that the Australian students had a stronger relationship between these variables than did the Germans. Also, the gender variable was only a significant predictor of attitude towards healthy eating amongst the German students. (Contains 1 note, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Germany