Understanding self-reported staging of dietary behavior in low-income women

Carlo C. DiClemente*, Janine C. Delahanty, Stephen W. Havas, Onna R. Van Orden

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This study examined self-reported staging for the goal of eating a low-fat diet and several specific dietary consumption behaviors to understand better readiness for dieting. Self-assessed motivation, food frequency measures, and psychosocial variables were obtained from 2057 low-income women enrolled in the Maryland Food for Life Program. Results indicated that staging of specific dietary consumption behaviors was significantly related to staging for the global goal of eating a low-fat diet. Women evaluate their motivation about eating low-fat diets based on perceived efforts and specific activities related to dietary consumption with important implications for dietary behavior change measurement and interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-753
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 4 2015


  • diet
  • eating behavior
  • socioeconomic status
  • stages of change
  • women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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