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      A Scoping Review of the Validity, Reliability and Conceptual Alignment of Food Literacy Measures for Adults


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          The measurement of food literacy has recently gained momentum globally. The aim of this paper is to review the literature in order to describe and analyse the measurement of adult food literacy. The objectives are to i) identify tools that explicitly measure food literacy in adults; ii) summarise their psychometric properties; and iii) critique tool items against the four domains and 11 components of food literacy, as conceptualised by Vidgen and Gallegos. Using the PRISMA guidelines, a search of seven databases (PubMed, Embase, ScienceDirect, Scopus, EBSCOhost, A+ Education, and ProQuest) was undertaken. 12 studies met the inclusion criteria. Papers reported on either the development of a tool to explicitly measure food literacy or a part thereof ( n = 5); food literacy strategy indicators ( n = 1); tools developed to evaluate a food literacy intervention ( n = 3); or tools to measure food literacy as a characteristic within a broader study ( n = 3). Six tools captured all four domains. None measured all components. Items measuring the same component varied considerably. Most tools referenced a theoretical framework, were validated and reliable. This review will assist practitioners select and develop tools for the measurement of food literacy in their context.

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                08 April 2019
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                School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059, Australia; claudia@ 123456qccs.com.au (C.A.); donnafingland@ 123456icloud.com (D.F.)
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                [* ]Correspondence: h.vidgen@ 123456qut.edu.au ; Tel.: +61-7-3138-0118
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