Psychosocial Factors and Dietary Practices in Korean Americans

Chanam Shin, Michael Belyea

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Abstract

This study was to identify the role of demographics and social support from family and friends in predicting self-efficacy for a healthy diet and healthy dietary practices. A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted with a sample of 112 Korean American adults in the southwestern United States. Most were college educated (85.3%), with mean age of 54.0 (± 10.6), and women (66.4%). The findings indicate that gender and education played a moderating role between family support and self-efficacy for a healthy diet, whereas age and education were moderators between support from family and friends and healthy dietary practices. Diet interventions tailored to demographic subgroups may increase self-efficacy, promote healthy dietary practices, and ultimately contribute to a reduction in the rates of critical health conditions and health costs in the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-388
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

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Keywords

  • dietary practices
  • Korean Americans
  • self-efficacy
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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