The purpose of this report is to describe the development and implementation of the think aloud method in relation to fruit and vegetable purchasing behaviors of low-income African American mothers. Women (n = 70) were audio-taped as they thought aloud while selecting fruits and vegetables during a routine shopping trip. Audiotapes were transcribed, text was coded, and coded text was sorted using a database software program. Data were analyzed using content analysis procedures. The method was found to be useful in its ability to provide verbalization data for the majority of the women in the sample that reflected a typical shopping experience, were not excessively affected by the presence of the investigator, and captured information processing in relation to salient factors that influenced food purchasing decisions. Because a few women indicated that the method itself may have influenced behavior, future research is needed to test the reactivity of the think aloud method and its relationship to final choice of products.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Funding for the project was provided by US Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service 00-35200-9064. Address for correspondence: Marla Reicks, PhD, RD, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, 1334 Eckles Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108;Tel: (612) 624-2735; Fax: (612) 625-5272; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. ©2003 SOCIETY FOR NUTRITION EDUCATION
Funding for the project was provided by US Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service 00-35200-9064.
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- African American women
- Fruit and vegetables
- Low income
- Purchasing behaviors
- Think aloud method