ERIC Number: EJ826350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Influence of Social Context on Eating, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviors of Latina Mothers and their Preschool-Age Children
Lindsay, Ana C.; Sussner, Katarina M.; Greaney, Mary L.; Peterson, Karen E.
Health Education & Behavior, v36 n1 p81-96 Feb 2009
As more U.S. children grow up in Latino families, understanding how social class, culture, and environment influence feeding practices is key to preventing obesity. The authors conducted six focus groups and 20 in-depth interviews among immigrant, low-income Latina mothers in the Northeast United States and classified 17 emergent themes from content analysis according to ecologic frameworks for behavior change. Respondents related environmental influences to child feeding, diet, and activity, namely, supermarket proximity, food cost, access to recreational facilities, neighborhood safety, and weather. Television watching was seen as integral to family life, including watching during meals and using TV as babysitter and tool to learn English. Participation in the WIC program helped families address food insecurity, and child care provided healthy eating and physical activity opportunities. Health promotion efforts addressing obesity trends in Latino children must account for organizational and environmental influences on the day-to-day social context of young immigrant families.
Descriptors: Social Class, Obesity, Prevention, Physical Activities, Health Promotion, Mothers, Physical Activity Level, Focus Groups, Behavior Change, Recreational Facilities, Preschool Children, Hispanic Americans, Social Environment, Interviews, Immigrants, Low Income, Content Analysis, Neighborhoods, Safety, Eating Habits, Climate, Television Viewing, Environmental Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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