ERIC Number: EJ1020645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Ethnic Differences in Parental Attitudes and Beliefs about Being Overweight in Childhood
Trigwell, J.; Watson, P. M.; Murphy, R. C.; Stratton, G.; Cable, N. T.
Health Education Journal, v73 n2 p179-191 Mar 2014
Objective: This study examined the relationship between ethnic background and parental views of healthy body size, concerns surrounding overweight and attitudes to perceived causes of overweight in childhood. Method: A self-report questionnaire was designed to explore parental attitudes towards childhood weight. Sampling deliberately over-represented the views of parents from minority ethnic groups. Eight-hundred-and-eight parents of school-aged children completed the questionnaire. Parental data from Asian British, Black African, Black Somali, Chinese, South Asian, White British and Yemeni groups were included in the analysis. Results: Data showed that ethnic background was significantly associated with parental beliefs that overweight children will grow out of being overweight ("X"[superscript 2][12, "n" = 773] = 59.25, "p" < 0.001) and that overweight children can still be healthy ("X"[superscript 2][12, "n" = 780] = 25.17, "p" < 0.05). In both cases, agreement with the statements was highest among Black Somali parents. While the majority of parents believed that both dietary behaviours and physical activity played a role in the development of overweight in childhood, Yemeni parents were more likely to attribute overweight in childhood to dietary but not physical activity causes. Conclusion: Ethnic differences in parental perceptions of weight in childhood must be considered in the design of, and recruitment to, childhood obesity interventions aimed at minority ethnic groups.
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Questionnaires, Body Weight, Sampling, Minority Groups, Ethnicity, Correlation, Blacks, Whites, Asians, Physical Activities, Intervention, Foreign Countries, Indians, Health Behavior, Eating Habits, Children, Child Health
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom