Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Acculturation Levels, Social Media Usage and Their Relationship with Dietary Patterns among Asian American Young Adults
by Teo, Yi Min, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 111; 10690830
Abstract (Summary)

Intergenerational ethnic health disparities among Asian American young adults have been attributed to cultural, socio-environmental and dietary changes. The relationship between acculturation levels, social media use and dietary outcomes were analyzed using data collected from 137 Asian American young adults in California through an online survey distributed on social media and on-campus recruitment. Correlational analyses, t-tests and hierarchical linear regression were used to observe the predictability of (1) acculturation, (2) social media, and (3) both variables on Fruits and Vegetables (F&V) outcomes. Most participants were bicultural, had daily social media use and 3.88 F&V servings consumed. Acculturation levels significantly predicted F&V servings, but not when adjusted for age and education level. No significant relationship was found between acculturation and social media use or social media use and F&V outcomes. Food purchasing and health-information seeking behaviors were explored, reflecting possible implications involving online health literacy and multidimensional acculturation measures for future health and media studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Frank, Gail C.
Commitee: Blaine, Rachel, Urizar, Guido G.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Nutrition, Public health, Web Studies
Keywords: Acculturation, Asian, Dietary patterns, Nutrition, Social media, Young adults
Publication Number: 10690830
ISBN: 978-0-355-52940-1
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