Predicting use of effective vegetable parenting practices with the Model of Goal Directed Behavior

Public Health Nutr. 2015 Jun;18(8):1389-96. doi: 10.1017/S1368980014002079. Epub 2014 Sep 19.


Objective: To model effective vegetable parenting practices using the Model of Goal Directed Vegetable Parenting Practices construct scales.

Design: An Internet survey was conducted with parents of pre-school children to assess their agreement with effective vegetable parenting practices and Model of Goal Directed Vegetable Parenting Practices items. Block regression modelling was conducted using the composite score of effective vegetable parenting practices scales as the outcome variable and the Model of Goal Directed Vegetable Parenting Practices constructs as predictors in separate and sequential blocks: demographics, intention, desire (intrinsic motivation), perceived barriers, autonomy, relatedness, self-efficacy, habit, anticipated emotions, perceived behavioural control, attitudes and lastly norms. Backward deletion was employed at the end for any variable not significant at P<0·05.

Setting: Houston, TX, USA.

Subjects: Three hundred and seven parents (mostly mothers) of pre-school children.

Results: Significant predictors in the final model in order of relationship strength included habit of active child involvement in vegetable selection, habit of positive vegetable communications, respondent not liking vegetables, habit of keeping a positive vegetable environment and perceived behavioural control of having a positive influence on child's vegetable consumption. The final model's adjusted R 2 was 0·486.

Conclusions: This was the first study to test scales from a behavioural model to predict effective vegetable parenting practices. Further research needs to assess these Model of Goal Directed Vegetable Parenting Practices scales for their (i) predictiveness of child consumption of vegetables in longitudinal samples and (ii) utility in guiding design of vegetable parenting practices interventions.

Keywords: Pre-school child.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Child Behavior / psychology
  • Child Rearing / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diet*
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Self Efficacy
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Vegetables*