Teenage Vegetarianism: Prevalence, Social and Cognitive Contexts

Teenage Vegetarianism: Prevalence, Social and Cognitive Contexts The aim of this study was to measure the prevalence of teenage vegetarianism and associated food habits and beliefs. Two thousand senior secondary school students (mean age 16 years), from 52 schools in South Australia, participated in a two part survey. The findings show that teenage vegetarianism is primarily a female phenomenon, ranging in prevalence, according to definition, from 8 to 37% of women and 1 to 12% of men. Support for vegetarian practices was high especially from mothers (63%) and classmates (46%). Generally, “teenage vegetarians” consumed fewer red meats than non-vegetarians but ate more chicken. They cited health, animal welfare and environmental reasons in support of their habits. The importance of operational definitions of vegetarianism is emphasized and the findings are discussed in relation to likely motivational influences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Appetite Elsevier

Teenage Vegetarianism: Prevalence, Social and Cognitive Contexts

Appetite, Volume 30 (2) – Apr 1, 1998

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 1998 Academic Press
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0195-6663
DOI
10.1006/appe.1997.0118
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9573450
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to measure the prevalence of teenage vegetarianism and associated food habits and beliefs. Two thousand senior secondary school students (mean age 16 years), from 52 schools in South Australia, participated in a two part survey. The findings show that teenage vegetarianism is primarily a female phenomenon, ranging in prevalence, according to definition, from 8 to 37% of women and 1 to 12% of men. Support for vegetarian practices was high especially from mothers (63%) and classmates (46%). Generally, “teenage vegetarians” consumed fewer red meats than non-vegetarians but ate more chicken. They cited health, animal welfare and environmental reasons in support of their habits. The importance of operational definitions of vegetarianism is emphasized and the findings are discussed in relation to likely motivational influences.

Journal

AppetiteElsevier

Published: Apr 1, 1998

References

  • The vegetarian option: varieties, conversions, motives and careers
    Beardsworth, A.; Keil, T.
  • Nutritional consequences of vegetarianism
    Dwyer, J.T.
  • How conservative are Greenies? Environmental attitudes, conservatism, and traditional morality among university students
    Forgas, J.P.; Jolliffe, C.
  • Servers and providers: the distribution of food within the family
    Kerr, M.; Charles, N.
  • Teenage vegetarianism: beauty or the beast
    Worsley, A.; Skrzypiec, G.

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