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Title: Will is not enough: coping planning and action control as mediators in the prediction of fruit and vegetable intake
Authors: Godinho, C. A.
Alvarez, M. J.
Lima, M. L.
Schwarzer, R.
Keywords: Action control
Double mediation
Fruit and vegetable intake
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: British Psychological Society/Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract: Objectives This study investigates the joint role of coping planning and action control as volitional predictors of changes in the daily consumption of fruit and vegetables. Design In a longitudinal online survey, 203 participants completed assessments at baseline (Time 1), 1 week (Time 2), and 2 weeks later (Time 3). Methods Structural equation modelling was used to test a series of three nested models. In Model 1, only intention predicted behaviour; in Model 2, both coping planning and action control were tested as mediators between intention and behaviour; and Model 3 specified coping planning and action control as sequential mediators between intention and behaviour. Results Model 3 provided the best fit to the data. The mediating role of coping planning and action control between intention and fruit and vegetable intake was confirmed, whereby multiple mediation occurred in a sequential manner, with coping planning preceding action control. Conclusions For motivated individuals who are not yet following the recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, coping planning and action control reflect a psychological mechanism that operates in changes in fruit and vegetable consumption.
Description: WOS:000343738900013 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: Sim
DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12084
ISSN: 1359-107X
Publisher version: This is the accepted version of the following article: Godinho, C. A., et al. (2014). Will is not enough: Coping planning and action control as mediators in the prediction of fruit and vegetable intake. British Journal of Health Psychology. 19 (4), 856-870, which has been published in final form at
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