Development and validation of an instrument to assess perceived social influence on health behaviors

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  • Assessment of social influence on health behavior is often approached through a situational context. The current study adapted an existing, theory-based instrument from another content domain to assess Perceived Social Influence on Health Behavior (PSI-HB) among African Americans, using an individual difference approach. The adapted instrument was found to have high internal reliability (± =.81's.84) and acceptable testretest reliability (r =.68's.85). A measurement model revealed a three-factor structure and supported the theoretical underpinnings. Scores were predictive of health behaviors, particularly among women. Future research using the new instrument may have applied value assessing social influence in the context of health interventions. Copyright © 2010 SAGE Publications.
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  • Holt CL; Clark EM; Roth DL; Crowther M; Kohler C; Fouad M; Foushee R; Lee PA; Southward PL
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  • 1225
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  • 1235
  • Volume

  • 15
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  • 8