Using cognitive mapping to develop a community-based family intervention

Academic Article


  • Objective: To describe the development of a consumer-oriented intervention for increasing intake of fruits and vegetables (FVs) in families (n=265). Method: A cognitive-mapping approach was used to specify intervention performance objectives and a tailoring strategy. Results: MDS and hierarchical cluster analysis indicated that FV perceptions are organized into 6 clusters arrayed along 3 dimensions. In combination with 3 general family-functioning measures, 11 perceptions explained approximately 18% of the variance in parent FVI. K-means cluster analysis revealed 4 types of families. Conclusion: Cognitive mapping provides a systematic approach for including qualitative data in the design of tailored interventions.
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    Author List

  • Shewchuk RM; Franklin FA; Harrington KF; Davies SL; Windle M
  • Start Page

  • 43
  • End Page

  • 53
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 1