College women's awareness and consumption of folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects

John M. Quillin, Judy Silberg, Pamela Board, Lee Pratt, Joann N Bodurtha

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Purpose: Awareness and consumption of folic acid in the context of neural tube defect prevention among college women were assessed. Methods: Subjects documented folic acid awareness and multivitamin consumption. Beliefs about folic acid before and after an educational intervention were characterized using the Health Belief Model (HBM) and the Fetal Health Locus of Control Scale (FHLCS). Results: Awareness of folic acid was not associated with multivitamin consumption. Belief variables were not associated with awareness or consumption of folic acid. Conclusion: This study does not support educational interventions based on the HBM or FHLCS to increase multivitamin consumption among college women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-213
Number of pages5
JournalGenetics in Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes



  • College
  • Folic acid
  • Health belief model
  • Neural tube defects
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics

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