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Article: A commentary on current practice in mediating variable analyses in behavioural nutrition and physical activity

TitleA commentary on current practice in mediating variable analyses in behavioural nutrition and physical activity
Authors
Issue Date2009
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PHN
Citation
Public Health Nutrition, 2009, v. 12 n. 8, p. 1182-1188 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: To critique current practice in, and provide recommendations for, mediating variable analyses (MVA) of nutrition and physical activity behaviour change. Strategy: Theory-based behavioural nutrition and physical activity interventions aim at changing mediating variables that are hypothesized to be responsible for changes in the outcome of interest. MVA are useful because they help to identify the most promising theoretical approaches, mediators and intervention components for behaviour change. However, the current literature suggests that MVA are often inappropriately conducted, poorly understood and inadequately presented. Main problems encountered in the published literature are explained and suggestions for overcoming weaknesses of current practice are proposed. Conclusion: The use of the most appropriate, currently available methods of MVA, and a correct, comprehensive presentation and interpretation of their findings, is of paramount importance for understanding how obesity can be treated and prevented. © The Authors 2008.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/176057
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.433
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.995
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dc.contributor.authorMackinnon, DPen_US
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dc.identifier.citationPublic Health Nutrition, 2009, v. 12 n. 8, p. 1182-1188en_US
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dc.description.abstractObjective: To critique current practice in, and provide recommendations for, mediating variable analyses (MVA) of nutrition and physical activity behaviour change. Strategy: Theory-based behavioural nutrition and physical activity interventions aim at changing mediating variables that are hypothesized to be responsible for changes in the outcome of interest. MVA are useful because they help to identify the most promising theoretical approaches, mediators and intervention components for behaviour change. However, the current literature suggests that MVA are often inappropriately conducted, poorly understood and inadequately presented. Main problems encountered in the published literature are explained and suggestions for overcoming weaknesses of current practice are proposed. Conclusion: The use of the most appropriate, currently available methods of MVA, and a correct, comprehensive presentation and interpretation of their findings, is of paramount importance for understanding how obesity can be treated and prevented. © The Authors 2008.en_US
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dc.subject.meshDieten_US
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dc.subject.meshHealth Promotion - Methodsen_US
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dc.subject.meshPatient Education As Topic - Methodsen_US
dc.subject.meshProgram Evaluation - Methodsen_US
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