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ERIC Number: EJ1015319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Parental Views of Food-Safety Education in a Japanese Primary School
Horikawa, Haruka; Akamatsu, Rie; Horiguchi, Itsuko; Marui, Eiji
Health Education Journal, v72 n4 p460-468 Jul 2013
Objective: This study examined Japanese mothers' satisfaction with food-safety education in primary schools, compared the characteristics of mothers who were not satisfied, and identified topics that should be included in food-safety education, according to mothers. Design: An online survey was conducted in March 2011 in Japan. The questionnaire included topics related to food-safety education and satisfaction regarding food-safety education. Setting: Japanese mothers with children attending primary school were asked to complete an online questionnaire. Method: A total of 1,300 mothers completed questionnaires. The sample was divided into two groups according to median scores for satisfaction with food-safety education, and chi-square tests were used to compare data related to other questions. The numbers of mothers who selected each topic for inclusion in food-safety education were calculated. Results: Participants were divided into two groups; high satisfaction ("n" = 796, 61.2%) and low satisfaction ("n" = 504, 38.8%). The low-satisfaction group consisted of mothers who described government action related to the food-safety problem as "inadequate" ("n" = 305, 60.5%) and who disagreed with the notion that food items can be 100% safe ("n" = 146, 29.0%). More than half of the mothers endorsed "judging freshness", "reading food labels", and "food additives" as important topics to include in food-safety education. Conclusion: Japanese mothers who were not satisfied with food-safety education were more likely to consider government actions inadequate and to disagree with the notion that food items can be 100% safe. Mothers wanted schools to teach not only the prevention of food-borne illnesses but also other topics related to food safety. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan
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