Table 2

FHC-NU – factors and item parameters for study 1 and study 2
Factor Item* Sample
Study 1 – sample I (n = 389) Study 1 – sample II (n = 398) Study 2 (n = 210)
In our family… M (SD) rit a M (SD) rit a1 M (SD) rit a1
Value [1] …a healthy diet plays an important role in our lives. 1.92 (.78) .71 .74 2.01 (.73) .69 .76 2.22 (.74) .64 .75
α1-I = .90 [2] …we naturally pay attention to eating healthfully. 1.86 (.76) .80 .78 1.93 (.73) .74 .81 2.10 (.71) .70 .79
α1-II = .88 [3] …we routinely eat healthfully. 1.93 (.78) .76 .71 1.99 (.70) .76 .83 2.22 (.65) .67 .75
α2 = .84 [4] …it is normal to choose healthful foods. 1.95 (.78) .80 .80 1.98 (.70) .73 .80 2.30 (.67) .70 .76
Communication [1] …we are interested in articles (e.g. in magazines) on healthful nutrition. 1.43 (.85) .63 .71 1.51 (.84) .62 .66 1.55 (.92) .56 .63
α1-I = .86 [2] …we remind each other to pay attention to a healthful diet. 1.65 (.81) .66 .69 1.76 (.78) .71 .78 1.73 (.83) .66 .75
α1-II = .86 [3] …we talk about which foods are healthful. 1.84 (.84) .67 .63 1.95 (.79) .66 .75 2.35 (.78) .55 .63
α2 = .82 [4] …we support each other to refrain from unhealthful things. 1.61 (.74) .61 .58 1.63 (.75) .65 .71 1.82 (.82) .55 .64
[5] …we talk about how to eat healthfully. 1.69 (.85) .78 .93 1.73 (.81) .75 .81 1.89 (.83) .72 .81
Cohesion [1] …we appreciate spending time together during meals. 2.46 (.66) .71 .75 2.47 (.66) .73 .79 2.65 (.55) .75 .85
α1-I = .89 [2] …everybody enjoys having meals together. 2.42 (.71) .71 .74 2.44 (.64) .72 .78 2.63 (.57) .64 .66
α1-II = .89 [3] …eating together is a part of our daily family life. 2.30 (.76) .78 .82 2.36 (.73) .77 .83 2.64 (.62) .61 .65
α2 = .87 [4] …we enjoy meals most when we sit at the same table. 2.36 (.73) .74 .80 2.39 (.72) .72 .76 2.63 (.58) .72 .81
[5] …we try to eat together as often as possible. 2.38 (.75) .70 .77 2.42 (.73) .73 .76 2.68 (.56) .75 .82
Consensus [1] …we rarely argue about food- or diet-related matters. 1.99 (.86) .48 .62 2.03 (.90) .41 .44 1.90 (.97) .33 .39
α1-I = .74 [2] …we agree on diet and nutrition. 1.90 (.79) .62 .62 1.88 (.76) .63 .88 1.95 (.77) .61 .89
α1-II = .73 [3] …we usually agree on meals and food choices. 1.88 (.77) .61 .65 1.93 (.75) .65 .81 1.97 (.84) .54 .74
α2 = .67

M – means, SD – standard deviations, rit – corrected item-scale correlations, a – factor loadings of EFA, a1– factor loadings of CFA.

*The German version of the FHC-Scale is shown in Additional file 2.

Niermann et al.

Niermann et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014 11:30   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-30

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