[[abstract]]A Study on the Influential Determinants of Vegetables & Fruit Eating Behaviors Among Students of a Selected Junior High School in Taipei city A Master Thesis YUH-FENG CHANG ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to investigate the current vegetables & fruit- eating behaviors, and to examine the relationship between vegetables & fruit- eating behaviors and selected demographic characteristics, as well as knowledge, social psychology factors, and environment factors. The study consisted of 448 subjects who were selected by stratified clustered sampling method from Pei-Tou junior high school in Taipei city. The data were analyzed. The major findings of the study were as follows: 1. The knowledge of the subjects about nutrition was within medium level . 2. Within the social psychology factors, social support from family was higher than that from teachers. 3. The vegetables & fruit- eating behaviors of seven-grade and eight-grade subjects were significantly better than those of nine-grade subjects. 4. The vegetables & fruit- eating behaviors of feeling healthy subjects were significantly better than those of felling unhealthy subjects. 5. The vegetables & fruit- eating behaviors of most of subjects were in maintenance stage; the behaviors of subjects`s parents were in preparation stage. 6. The vegetables & fruit- eating behaviors were highly correlated with the nutrition knowledge, family support, perceived benefits, the encouragement of parents in eating, vegetables & fruit supplied at home, then negatively correlated with perceived barriers. 7. The variance of vegetables & fruit -eating behaviors could be explained by the independent variables which included the nutrition knowledge, family support , self –efficacy, parent’s behavior, perceived barriers and vegetables& fruit supplied at home, and the explanation power was 61.6﹪.
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