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Acculturation of Mexican-American mothers influences child feeding strategies.
J Am Diet Assoc. 2001 May; 101(5):542-7.JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of maternal acculturation level on child feeding strategies and anthropometry in preschoolers from low-income Mexican-American families.

DESIGN/SUBJECTS

Data are from a cross-sectional survey of 238 low-income Mexican-American families with preschool children living in California during 1998. Interviewers collected data from the mothers on child-feeding practices and weighed and measured the children in their homes.

STATISTICAL ANALYSES

Spearman's correlation coefficients, analysis of variance, and chi 2 were used to examine the relationship pf maternal acculturation level with feeding strategies and anthropometric measurements.

RESULTS

Compared with more acculturated mothers, less acculturated mothers tend to offer alternative foods more often when their children refuse to eat. More acculturated women are less likely to view bribes, threats, and punishments as effective strategies and are more likely to give vitamins than less acculturated mothers. Maternal acculturation is not associated with differences in weight-for-height z-scores, height-for-age, or body mass index of the children. Triceps skinfold thickness are larger in children of more acculturated mothers than in children of less acculturated women.

APPLICATIONS/CONCLUSIONS

Dietitians should consider differences in child feeding practices due to acculturation among Mexican-Americans. Successful strategies to encourage consumption of nutritious traditional foods and to transition from child-led snacking to more structured meals should be part of nutrition education programs.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nutrition, University of California at Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616-8669, USA. llkaiser@ucdavis.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11374347

Citation

Kaiser, L L., et al. "Acculturation of Mexican-American Mothers Influences Child Feeding Strategies." Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 101, no. 5, 2001, pp. 542-7.
Kaiser LL, Melgar-Quiñonez HR, Lamp CL, et al. Acculturation of Mexican-American mothers influences child feeding strategies. J Am Diet Assoc. 2001;101(5):542-7.
Kaiser, L. L., Melgar-Quiñonez, H. R., Lamp, C. L., Johns, M. C., & Harwood, J. O. (2001). Acculturation of Mexican-American mothers influences child feeding strategies. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 101(5), 542-7.
Kaiser LL, et al. Acculturation of Mexican-American Mothers Influences Child Feeding Strategies. J Am Diet Assoc. 2001;101(5):542-7. PubMed PMID: 11374347.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Acculturation of Mexican-American mothers influences child feeding strategies. AU - Kaiser,L L, AU - Melgar-Quiñonez,H R, AU - Lamp,C L, AU - Johns,M C, AU - Harwood,J O, PY - 2001/5/26/pubmed PY - 2001/6/23/medline PY - 2001/5/26/entrez SP - 542 EP - 7 JF - Journal of the American Dietetic Association JO - J Am Diet Assoc VL - 101 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of maternal acculturation level on child feeding strategies and anthropometry in preschoolers from low-income Mexican-American families. DESIGN/SUBJECTS: Data are from a cross-sectional survey of 238 low-income Mexican-American families with preschool children living in California during 1998. Interviewers collected data from the mothers on child-feeding practices and weighed and measured the children in their homes. STATISTICAL ANALYSES: Spearman's correlation coefficients, analysis of variance, and chi 2 were used to examine the relationship pf maternal acculturation level with feeding strategies and anthropometric measurements. RESULTS: Compared with more acculturated mothers, less acculturated mothers tend to offer alternative foods more often when their children refuse to eat. More acculturated women are less likely to view bribes, threats, and punishments as effective strategies and are more likely to give vitamins than less acculturated mothers. Maternal acculturation is not associated with differences in weight-for-height z-scores, height-for-age, or body mass index of the children. Triceps skinfold thickness are larger in children of more acculturated mothers than in children of less acculturated women. APPLICATIONS/CONCLUSIONS: Dietitians should consider differences in child feeding practices due to acculturation among Mexican-Americans. Successful strategies to encourage consumption of nutritious traditional foods and to transition from child-led snacking to more structured meals should be part of nutrition education programs. SN - 0002-8223 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11374347/Acculturation_of_Mexican_American_mothers_influences_child_feeding_strategies_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0002-8223(01)00136-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -