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Correspondence: Erin Poe Ferranti, Doctoral Student, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, 1520 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322; Telephone: 404-808-3685. Fax: 404-727-0536. Email: epoe@emory.edu.


Research Funding:

Supported in part by PHS Grant (TL1RR025010) from the Clinical and Translational Science Award program, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources and the Center for Health Discovery and Well Being Study (CHDWB) is supported by the CF Foundation, Inc., and Emory University.


  • diet quality
  • diet patterns AHEI
  • DASH
  • Mediterranean diet
  • psychosocial

Psychosocial factors associated with diet quality in a working adult population


Journal Title:

Research in Nursing and Health


Volume 36, Number 3


, Pages 242-256

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


The associations between specific intra- and inter-personal psychosocial factors and dietary patterns were explored in a healthy, working adult population. Participants (N= 640) were enrolled in a prospective predictive health study and characterized by a mean age of 48(SD = 11) years, 67% women, and 30% minority. Baseline psychosocial measures of perceived stress, depressive symptoms, social support, and family functioning were examined for their relationships with three diet quality indices - AHEI, DASH, and the Mediterranean. Dietary intake was of moderate quality in this high income, well-educated, psychosocially healthy population. Social support was positively associated with better diet quality for all three indices (p< .01). Further research should focus on socio-environmental factors associated with diet quality.

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