Development and validation of worksite weight-related social norms surveys
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Data Collection; Weight Loss; Motor Activity; Feeding Behavior; Workplace; Health Surveys
Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventative Medicine
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.