A Qualitative Study to Explore How Parental Expectations and Rules Influence Beverage Choices in Early Adolescence

A Qualitative Study to Explore How Parental Expectations and Rules Influence Beverage Choices in Early Adolescence

Category: Children
A Qualitative Study to Explore How Parental Expectations and Rules Influence Beverage Choices in Early Adolescence

Speaker: Lori Roth-Yousey, Yen Li Chu, Marla Reicks

Objective: To understand parent beverage expectations for early adolescents (EAs) by eating occasion at home and in various settings.

Methods: Descriptive study using focus group interviews and the constant comparative method for qualitative data analysis.

Results: Six focus groups were completed, and 2 were conducted in Spanish. Participants (n = 49) were mostly female (86%) and non-Hispanic white (49%) and Hispanic (33%). Parent expectations for EA beverage intake were based on health beliefs, EA preferences, and cost, whereas those related to portion sizes and frequency varied by beverage type. Parents managed beverage expectations at home and away from home by making healthful beverages available and accessible, or by offering or allowing only specific beverages.

Conclusions and Implications: Results from this qualitative study involving a small sample of parents showed that expectations were influenced by practical concerns and managed primarily through availability practices. These issues could be addressed to improve EA beverage consumption.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain how a negative body image contributes to disordered eating patterns

2. Identify the five tenets of the Health at Every Size® philosophy

3. Describe at least 2 techniques to promote a healthy body image

4. Understand when clients with negative body image and/or disordered eating patterns can benefit from further counseling

 

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