ERIC Number: EJ899761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Correlates of Availability and Accessibility of Fruits and Vegetables in Homes of Low-Income Hispanic Families
Dave, Jayna M.; Evans, Alexandra E.; Pfeiffer, Karin A.; Watkins, Ken W.; Saunders, Ruth P.
Health Education Research, v25 n1 p97-108 Feb 2010
Availability and accessibility (AA) has been consistently shown across studies as the most important correlate of fruits and vegetables (FV) intake. However, there is little data on factors that influence AA of FV, especially in Hispanic families. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to examine the association between parental factors, child's preferences for FV and AA of FV in homes of low-income Hispanic families with children 5-12 years old. A convenience sample of 184 parents of low socioeconomic status recruited through public elementary schools completed a self-administered questionnaire about demographics, language spoken at home and food insecurity (FI). Parental factors and child's preferences were measured using a 16-item questionnaire, which was developed specifically for the study. AA of FV was measured using a validated nine-item index. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis indicated that language spoken at home, parental practices that promote consumption of FV, parental role modeling and perceived benefits of fast food had significant and independent associations with AA of FV at home. Intervention programs should take into consideration the language spoken at home and target at improving parental factors in order to improve AA of FV.
Descriptors: Intervention, Multiple Regression Analysis, Family Environment, Low Income, Hispanic Americans, Elementary School Students, Questionnaires, Health Education, Health Promotion, Health Behavior, Food, Nutrition, Eating Habits, Predictor Variables, Correlation, Parent Influence, Spanish Speaking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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