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Maternal perception of their overweight children.
Public Health Nurs. 2007 Nov-Dec; 24(6):538-46.PH

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To assess maternal perception of their preschool child's overweight at an urban Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) serving primarily Hispanic families. To compare the mothers' perceptions with selected demographic variables of the sample and compare the results with a similar study conducted previously.

DESIGN

Replication descriptive survey.

SAMPLE

Mothers of overweight 2-5-year-old children enrolled in 2 Southern Nevada WIC programs (n = 38).

MEASUREMENTS

Face-to-face interviews where 5 survey questions and 4 demographic questions were read to mothers by the investigator.

RESULTS

Sixty-one percent of mothers did not recognize their children as being overweight. The perception of their child's overweight was independent of age as well as educational level of the mother. Half of the mothers (50%) had taken no steps to control what their child ate.

CONCLUSIONS

Hispanic mothers of overweight children may not perceive their children as being overweight. Nursing intervention is not likely to be effective if it is assumed that a mother recognizes her child's weight as a problem. Nurses must be aware of the impact of social and cultural beliefs on childhood overweight and make adjustments in their educational approaches based on the client's belief system and cultural background.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-3018, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17973731

Citation

Hackie, Mary, and Cheryl L. Bowles. "Maternal Perception of Their Overweight Children." Public Health Nursing (Boston, Mass.), vol. 24, no. 6, 2007, pp. 538-46.
Hackie M, Bowles CL. Maternal perception of their overweight children. Public Health Nurs. 2007;24(6):538-46.
Hackie, M., & Bowles, C. L. (2007). Maternal perception of their overweight children. Public Health Nursing (Boston, Mass.), 24(6), 538-46.
Hackie M, Bowles CL. Maternal Perception of Their Overweight Children. Public Health Nurs. 2007 Nov-Dec;24(6):538-46. PubMed PMID: 17973731.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal perception of their overweight children. AU - Hackie,Mary, AU - Bowles,Cheryl L, PY - 2007/11/2/pubmed PY - 2008/1/19/medline PY - 2007/11/2/entrez SP - 538 EP - 46 JF - Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.) JO - Public Health Nurs VL - 24 IS - 6 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To assess maternal perception of their preschool child's overweight at an urban Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) serving primarily Hispanic families. To compare the mothers' perceptions with selected demographic variables of the sample and compare the results with a similar study conducted previously. DESIGN: Replication descriptive survey. SAMPLE: Mothers of overweight 2-5-year-old children enrolled in 2 Southern Nevada WIC programs (n = 38). MEASUREMENTS: Face-to-face interviews where 5 survey questions and 4 demographic questions were read to mothers by the investigator. RESULTS: Sixty-one percent of mothers did not recognize their children as being overweight. The perception of their child's overweight was independent of age as well as educational level of the mother. Half of the mothers (50%) had taken no steps to control what their child ate. CONCLUSIONS: Hispanic mothers of overweight children may not perceive their children as being overweight. Nursing intervention is not likely to be effective if it is assumed that a mother recognizes her child's weight as a problem. Nurses must be aware of the impact of social and cultural beliefs on childhood overweight and make adjustments in their educational approaches based on the client's belief system and cultural background. SN - 0737-1209 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17973731/Maternal_perception_of_their_overweight_children_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1446.2007.00666.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -