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ERIC Number: EJ865579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Parents' Perceived Barriers to Healthful Eating and Physical Activity for Low-Income Adolescents Who Are at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Peterson, Sharon L.; Bell, Toya Wilson; Hasin, Afroza
Health Educator, v41 n1 p29-34 Spr 2009
Healthful eating and regular physical activity are vitally important for low-income adolescents who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes (T2DM). To design a relevant, community-based intervention for these at risk adolescents, parent perceptions of barriers to healthful eating and physical activity should be assessed. Such barriers have been reported for adolescents in general, but not for parents of low-income adolescents. The purpose of this study was to identify parents' perceived barriers to healthful eating and physical activity for low-income adolescents who are at risk for T2DM. Ten parents completed interviews. Transcripts were independently coded by four graduate assistants not familiar with the project. NVIVO 8 software was used to further validate findings. Parents identified several barriers to healthful eating: (a) child's preference for "junk foods," (b) easy access to fast food or junk foods, (c) parent's lack of time, and (d) family member's food preferences; and common barriers to physical activity: (a) lack of access to affordable and age-appropriate programs, (b) child's preference for sedentary activities, lack of motivation, and (c) lack of confidence/self-conscious about exercising. Results can be used to design a community-based intervention that specifically addresses these barriers for low-income adolescents who are identified to be at risk for T2DM.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois