The impact of a school-based gardening intervention on intentions and behaviour related to fruit and vegetable consumption in children

Michael J. Duncan, Emma Eyre, Elizabeth Bryant, Neil Clarke, Samantha Birch, Victoria Staples, David Sheffield

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Abstract

A total of 77 children (34 boys, 43 girls, mean age ± standard deviation = 9 ± 1 years) participated in this study; 46 children (intervention) undertook a 12-week school gardening programme and 31 children acted as controls. Measures of the Theory of Planned Behaviour and fruit and vegetable consumption were taken pre- and post-intervention. Repeated measures analysis of variance and hierarchical regression analysis indicated that the intervention group increased daily consumption of fruits and vegetables and increased intentions, attitudes, norms, and perceived behavioural control related to fruit and vegetable consumption. Attitudes, norms and perceived behavioural control significantly predicted changes in fruit and vegetable consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-773
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Theory of Planned Behaviour
  • diet
  • gardening
  • intervention
  • primary schools

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