Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the Relationship Between Online Media Exposure and Cooking Self-Efficacy, Skills and Behaviors among College Students
by Aguirre, Grace Elizabeth, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 69; 22583552
Abstract (Summary)

The prevalence of cooking is on the decline, especially among young adults, despite the many health benefits. Online media, primarily social networking sites, have become the primary platform for promoting ideas and encouraging positive behavior change. Examples include the promotion of healthy behaviors like cooking through posting and sharing recipes, food demonstrations, articles all themed around cooking. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between cooking attitudes, self-efficacy and behaviors in relation to the exposure of cooking-related online media among adults in college. Specifically, this study assessed university students’ exposure to cooking-related online media as it correlated with students’ attitudes towards cooking and preparing homemade meals, the frequency of preparing homemade meals, and their self-efficacy in cooking. Cooking-related online media exposure, cooking attitudes and cooking self-efficacy were all significantly correlated with cooking behaviors. Cooking self-efficacy was a significant predictor of cooking behavior over and above all other factors. No other Factors alone were significant predictors of cooking behaviors. Significant influencers of cooking self-efficacy were learning how to cook from books, learning to cook from a class, being age 40+, and being White, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaska Native.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Blaine, Rachel
Commitee: DeKofsky, Brooke, Jebo, Kim
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nutrition, Behavioral Sciences
Keywords: Behavior, Confidence, Cooking, Food preparation, Media, Self-efficacy, College students, Social networks
Publication Number: 22583552
ISBN: 9781088321133
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