Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Promotion and Human Performance

Committee Member

Kay Woodiel, Ph.D, Chair

Committee Member

John Carbone, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Joan Cowdery, Ph.D.


This health behavior research study utilizes the theory of planned behavior (TPB) to explore female collegiate lightweight rowers' (FCLR) decision to use multivitamin/mineral supplements (MVS). This study aimed to determine the relationship between FCLR salient beliefs, attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavior control (PBC) towards MVS, intention to use MVS, and use of MVS. Subjects were recruited from sixteen collegiate lightweight women's rowing programs within the United States and Canada and asked to complete an online survey. Results confirmed that the subjects' attitudes and PBC, but not subjective norms, were associated with intention to use MVS. In agreement with TPB assumptions, behavioral intention most strongly predicted decision to use MVS. Such findings on the factors contributing to FCLR decision to use MVS may improve sports nutritionists' ability to make recommendations for MVS use by weight-class athletes when use is deemed appropriate.

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Nutrition Commons