Social Cognitive Theory has been used to explain findings derived from focus group discussions (N = 4) held in the United Kingdom with the aim of informing best practice in personalised nutrition. Positive expectancies included weight loss and negative expectancies surrounded on-line security. Monitoring and feedback were crucial to goal setting and progress. Coaching by the service provider, family and friends was deemed important for self-efficacy. Paying for personalised nutrition symbolised commitment to behaviour change. The social context of eating, however, was perceived a problem and should be considered when designing personalised diets. Social Cognitive Theory could provide an effective framework through which to deliver personalised nutrition.
- Focus group
- Social Cognitive Theory
- Personalised nutrition
Rankin, A., Kuznesof, S., Frewer, L. J., Orr, K., Davison, J., de Almeida, M. DV., & Stewart-Knox, B. (2017). Public perceptions of personalised nutrition through the lens of Social Cognitive Theory. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(10), 1233-1242. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105315624750