Cognitive Interviews of Vietnamese Americans on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Health Educational Materials

Bang H. Nguyen, Chi P. Nguyen, Stephen J. McPhee, Susan L Stewart, Ngoc Bui-Tong, Tung T. Nguyen

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to better understand if a health educational presentation using culturally adapted materials was understandable and culturally appropriate, and that the content was retained, in an older Vietnamese American population. This study used cognitive interviewing. A convenient sampling was used to recruit eight participants by staff of a community-based organization from its client base. This is the first study to document that family eating style poses a challenge for estimating food intake among Vietnamese Americans. Participants who ate in a family eating style were not able to recall or estimate the number of servings of protein and vegetables. Some older Vietnamese Americans used food for healing and self-adjusted portion sizes from dietary recommendations. Cognitive interviewing is a useful method to improve comprehension, retention, and cultural appropriateness of health educational materials. Further nutrition research concerning intake measurement in ethnic groups that practice a family eating style is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-469
Number of pages15
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2015

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Keywords

  • Asian
  • cognitive interview
  • diet
  • family eating style
  • physical activity
  • Vietnamese American

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Ecology

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Cognitive Interviews of Vietnamese Americans on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Health Educational Materials. / Nguyen, Bang H.; Nguyen, Chi P.; McPhee, Stephen J.; Stewart, Susan L; Bui-Tong, Ngoc; Nguyen, Tung T.

In: Ecology of Food and Nutrition, Vol. 54, No. 5, 03.09.2015, p. 455-469.

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Nguyen, Bang H. ; Nguyen, Chi P. ; McPhee, Stephen J. ; Stewart, Susan L ; Bui-Tong, Ngoc ; Nguyen, Tung T. / Cognitive Interviews of Vietnamese Americans on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Health Educational Materials. In: Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 2015 ; Vol. 54, No. 5. pp. 455-469.
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