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ERIC Number: EJ828757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Toddler Feeding: Expectations and Experiences of Low-Income African American Mothers
Horodynski, Mildred A.; Brophy-Herb, Holly; Henry, Michelle; Smith, Katharine A.; Weatherspoon, Lorraine
Health Education Journal, v68 n1 p14-25 2009
Objective: To ascertain maternal expectations and experiences with mealtimes and feeding of toddlers among low-income African American mothers in two mid- to large-size cities in the United States. Design: Qualitative focus group study. Setting: Two Early Head Start programme sites in a Midwestern state which serve low income families. Method: Twenty-seven low-income African American mothers took part in two focus groups which were conducted by a facilitator, according to a semi-structured topic guide. Focus group data were supplemented with demographic family data. Results: Four major themes emerged: (1) maternal perceptions of healthy toddlers, (2) maternal food choices for toddlers, (3) maternal expectations about toddler autonomy and self-regulation of feeding, and (4) mealtime context and interaction. Conclusions and implications: Data provided examples of maternal expectations and experiences, suggesting the development of healthy feeding patterns among some toddlers and provided evidence of less healthy feeding patterns in others. Evidence of less healthy feeding patterns included limiting toddler autonomy and food regulation, and misinterpretation of normative toddler behaviours. Because parenting practices and perceptions have been reported to contribute to social and environmental influences of obesity, this research could aid development of culturally sensitive nutrition education interventions. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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