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he Influential Factors of Vegetable and Fruit Intake Behavior Among the High School and Vocational High School Students in Sinying City,Tainan County,Taiwan.
high school students
vocational high school students
vegetable and fruit intake behavior
The purpose of this study was to investigate the current vegetable and fruit intake behavior of high school and vocational high school l students, and to inquire personal background factors, social psychology factors and environment factors in relationship with vegetable and fruit intake behavior. The subjects are students of vocational and high school in Sinying of Tainan County, in Apr 2010. The instrument of the study was a questionnaire, and the valid samples are 542. T-test, One Way ANOVA, Pearson’s Product-moment Correlation and Multiple Regression were used to analyze the data and the results were as follows： 1. About 50% of the subjects consumed 3 portions of vegetable a day. About 30% of the subjects consumed 2 portions of fruit a day. 2. Vegetable and fruit intake behavior of female students was significantly better than the male students. 3. The subjects who perceive their health status to be better were more likely to eat vegetable and fruit . 4. Vegetable and fruit intake behavior was positively correlated with Preferences, Social support, Self- eficacy, Role modeling, Availability from home and school and then negatively correlated with Perceived barriers. 5. Variables, including sex, grade, perceived health status, socio-economic position of the family, preference of fruit and vegetable , social support, self-efficacy, role modeling, availability from home and school, can totally explained 50.6％ of the variation of subjects’vegetable and fruit intake behavior. （Adj R=0.506，F=47.266，p<.001）.Among those variables, the self-efficacy was the most influential factor. Finally, these results are discussed and applied in the practical experience and future studies.
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