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Vitamin and mineral supplement usage patterns and health beliefs of women

Raab, C.A.

Journal of the American Dietetic Association 87(6): 775-776

1987


ISSN/ISBN: 0002-8223
PMID: 3584759
Accession: 001729874

A survey examines the relationship between health beliefs and vitamin and mineral use of women. A questionnaire was used to assess whether vitamin or mineral supplements had been taken in the previous 2 years and, if so, how often. Four Likert-type statements from the Western survey measured attitudes regarding effectiveness of supplements for prevention and/or treatment of colds, mental disorders, cancer, and arthritis. To determine validity, the questionnaire was reviewed by food and nutrition experts and administered to a group of female Extension clients. Eighty-seven women completed the questionnaire and 87% of them reported taking supplements within the previous 2 years. Attitudes regarding the effectiveness of supplements for disease prevention and treatment were generally positive with a mean of 14.4 +/- 6.7 out of 20 possible points. Forty-nine percent reported that supplements were "a great benefit" to their health and 47% reported "some benefit". This survey suggests that belief in the effectiveness of supplements is correlated with usage of more kinds of specific vitamins and minerals.

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