Brief self-efficacy interventions to increase healthy dietary behaviours

Authors Emily Bouwman , Marleen Onwezen , Danny Taufik , David de Buisonjé , Amber Ronteltap
Published in British Food Journal
Publication date 2020
Research groups Innovation of Movement Care
Type Article


Purpose – Self-efficacy has often been found to play a significant role in healthy dietary behaviours. However, self-efficacy interventions most often consist of intensive interventions. The authors aim to provide more insight into the effect of brief self-efficacy interventions on healthy dietary behaviours. Design/methodology/approach – In the present article, two randomized controlled trials are described. In study 1, a brief self-efficacy intervention with multiple self-efficacy techniques integrated on a flyer is tested, and in study 2, an online brief self-efficacy intervention with a single self-efficacy technique is tested. Findings – The results show that a brief self-efficacy intervention can directly increase vegetable intake and indirectly improve compliance to a diet plan to eat healthier. Originality/value – These findings suggest that self-efficacy interventions do not always have to be intensive to change dietary behaviours and that brief self-efficacy interventions can also lead to more healthy dietary behaviours.


Language English
Published in British Food Journal
Key words brief intervention, healthy dietary behaviour, fruit and vegetable intake, self-efficacy, randomized controlled trial
Digital Object Identifier 10.1108/BFJ-07-2019-0529

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