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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Families' Perceptions of and Experiences Related to a Pediatric Weight Management Intervention: A Qualitative Study
Author(s): Holt, Nicholas L
Neely, Kacey C
Newton, Amanda S
Knight, Camilla J
Rasquinha, Allison
Ambler, Kathryn A
Spence, John C
Ball, Geoff D C
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Keywords: obesity
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2015
Citation: Holt NL, Neely KC, Newton AS, Knight CJ, Rasquinha A, Ambler KA, Spence JC & DC Ball G (2015) Families' Perceptions of and Experiences Related to a Pediatric Weight Management Intervention: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 47 (5), pp. 427-431.e1.
Abstract: Objective: To examine parents' and children's perceptions of and experiences related to a Parents as Agents of Change (PAC) intervention for managing pediatric obesity. Methods: Ten families were recruited from a PAC intervention. Participants were interviewed before (10 adults and 9 children), during (9 adults and 8 children), and after (8 adults) the intervention. Results: Before the intervention, families reported goals to increase physical activity, plan and eat healthier meals, reduce screen time, and lose weight. During the intervention, families described different approaches to making behavior changes depending on who assumed responsibility (parent, child, or shared responsibility). After the intervention, group setting, goal setting, and portion size activities were viewed positively. Suggestions for improvement included engaging children and reducing intervention length. Conclusions and Implications: Practitioners delivering PAC interventions should discuss families' goals and concerns, and who is responsible for making lifestyle changes. Practical activities are valuable. The length of interventions and engagement of children should be considered
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.jneb.2015.05.002
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