Food safety educational intervention positively influences college students' food safety attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and self-reported practices

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dc.contributor.author Yarrow, Linda
dc.contributor.author Remig, Valentina M.
dc.contributor.author Higgins, Mary Meck
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-22T21:15:25Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-22T21:15:25Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-22T21:15:25Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/6237
dc.description.abstract In this study, the authors evaluated college students' food safety attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and self-reported practices and explored whether these variables were positively influenced by educational intervention. Students (n = 59), were mostly seniors, health or non-health majors, and responsible for meal preparation. Subjects completed a food safety questionnaire (FSQ) prior to educational intervention, which consisted of three interactive modules. Subjects completed module pre-, post-, and post-posttests. The FSQ was also administered after exposure to intervention and five weeks later to determine changes in food safety attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and self-reported practices. Students' FSQ attitude scores increased from 114 to 122 (p ≤ .001); FSQ belief and knowledge scores improved from 86 to 98 (p ≤ .001) and from 11 to 13 (p ≤ .001), respectively. Food safety knowledge was also measured by module pre- and posttests, and improved significantly after intervention for all students, with health majors having the greatest increase. Intervention resulted in improved food safety self-reported practices for health majors only The educational intervention appeared effective in improving food safety beliefs and knowledge. For health majors, attitudes and some self-reported practices improved. For all areas, the strongest effects were seen in health majors. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://www.neha.org/JEH/ en_US
dc.rights Reprinted with permission from the Journal of Environmental Health, January/February 2010, (Volume 71, Number 6, pp 30-35), a publication of the National Environmental Health Association, www.neha.org. en_US
dc.subject Food safety en_US
dc.subject Foodborne illness en_US
dc.subject Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Self-reported behaviors en_US
dc.subject Beliefs en_US
dc.subject Educational intervention en_US
dc.title Food safety educational intervention positively influences college students' food safety attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and self-reported practices en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US
dc.citation.epage 35 en_US
dc.citation.issue 6 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Environmental Health en_US
dc.citation.spage 30 en_US
dc.citation.volume 71 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid remig en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid mhiggins en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid lyarrow en_US


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