Fruits and vegetables at home: child and parent perceptions.

Auteur(s) :
Neumark-Sztainer DR.
Date :
Sep, 2009
Source(s) :
J NUTR EDUC BEHAV. #41:5 p360-4
Adresse :
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA. RROBINSONOBRIEN@CSBSJU.EDU

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OBJECTIVE: Examine child and parent perceptions of home food environment factors and associations with child fruit and vegetable (FV) intake. DESIGN: Research staff administered surveys to children during after-school sessions, and parents completed surveys by mail or over the phone. SETTING: Four urban elementary schools in St. Paul, Minnesota, serving primarily low-income populations. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-three children (55 girls, 18 boys) and 1 parent/guardian per child participated in a theater-based intervention aimed at obesity prevention. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Perceptions of home food environment factors (home FV availability, home FV accessibility; parental encouragement to eat FV; family meal frequency). ANALYSIS: Descriptive statistics and paired t tests. RESULTS: On average, child and parent perceptions of the home food environment were similar. When comparing child-parent dyad perceptions of home food environment, a moderate to high level of agreement (56%-86%) was found. Child report of home FV availability, home FV accessibility, parental encouragement to eat FV, and family meal frequency explained 26.7% of the variance in child FV intake, whereas parent report of these factors explained 4.9% of the variance. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: It is important to understand both child and parent perceptions of the home food environment when developing interventions aimed at increasing child FV intake.

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