Development and testing of a revised cooking matters for adults survey

Courtney A. Pinard, Laura M. Uvena, Julia B. Quam, Teresa M. Smith, Amy L. Yaroch

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to: (1) develop and psychometrically test a survey designed to assess Cooking Matters for Adults (CMA); and (2) assess changes in outcomes from pre- to postpilot testing in English-speaking CMA classes to support the construct validity of the survey. Methods: Cognitive interviewing participants were drawn from a low-income convenience sample in Omaha, Nebraska (N = 21). The survey included items to assess dietary patterns and choices, sociodemographics, and psychosocial correlates. Analyses were conducted with SPSS and included descriptive statistics, exploratory factor analysis, Cronbach's alpha, and paired sample t-tests. Results: Cognitive interviewing resulted in changes to survey layout and wording. Factor analysis revealed 4 actors with Cronbach alphas supporting internal consistency. Between pretest and posttest, fruit intake increased (p < .05) and non-fried potatoes decreased (p < .05). Selection of healthy dietary options (low-fat dairy and milk, sodium, lean meats; p's < .05), healthy food preparation (p < .001), and cooking confidence (p < .001) increased and perceived barriers to cooking (p < .01) decreased. Conclusions: The CMA Survey includes psychometrically sound items and positive self-reported changes. This survey can be a valuable resource for other similar programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)866-873
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Cooking
  • Lowincome
  • Nutrition education
  • Psychometrics
  • Survey development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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