Development and validation of worksite weight-related social norms surveys

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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine



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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.


Citation: Lemon SC, Liu Q, Magner R, Schneider KL, Pbert L. Development and validation of worksite weight-related social norms surveys. Am J Health Behav. 2013 Jan;37(1):122-9. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.1.14.

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