Intention and attitude as predictors of compliance to the Air Force Weight Control Program using Fishbein's behavioral intentions model
AdvisorSheehan, Edward T.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractPoor compliance with weight loss diets has consistently been a problem in the health care field. Prediction of compliance to diets for persons on the Air Force Weight Program could help the diet therapist with intervention planning with these people. Sixty-six active duty Air Force persons on the Weight Program were given a survey based on the Fishbein Model of Behavioral Intentions. The subjective norm, spouse, was beneficial in the prediction of behavior of following the diet prescription, R2 = 0.32, p = 0.003. The attitude towards their Air Force career was useful in the prediction of weight loss, R2 = 0.30, p = 0.002. The information received from this study may be valuable in directing consultation of active duty Air Force personnel on the Weight Program. Involving the spouse or significant other in the counseling, especially, stressing the importance of success, may increase the positive behavior of following the diet prescription. In addition, stressing the effects of the program on the member's career during initial counseling and upon follow up may also help increase adherence to the program.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Nutrition and Food Sciences