Development and validation of worksite weight-related social norms surveys
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Exercise; Factor Analysis, Statistical; Feeding Behavior; Female; *Health Behavior; Health Surveys; Humans; Male; Social Support; *Weight Loss; *Workplace
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Psychology | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion
OBJECTIVE: To describe the development of measures of worksite descriptive social norms for weight loss, physical activity, and eating behaviors.
METHODS: Three surveys were tested in 844 public high school employees. Factor analysis, Cronbach alpha, and tests of association with other worksite social contextual measures and behaviors were performed.
RESULTS: Each survey demonstrated high internal consistency and was associated with measures of social support and behaviors. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the reliability of the weight-loss and eating-behavior norms surveys, but not the physical-activity norms survey.
CONCLUSIONS: The weight-loss and eating norms surveys are reliable, valid measures.
Lemon, Stephenie C.; Liu, Qin; Magner, Robert P.; Schneider, Kristin L.; and Pbert, Lori, "Development and validation of worksite weight-related social norms surveys" (2013). UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center Publications. 25.