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Familial practices, attitudes and knowledge related to the child’s beverage consumption: A qualitative study with mothers and grandmothers of preschool children
Division of Pediatrics, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9707-8768
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the 25th European Childhood Obesity Congress 2015 / [ed] Paulina Nowicka, Stockholm, 2015, 27-27 p.Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Aim: To study maternal and grandparental attitudes, knowledge and practices regarding beverage consumption of preschool children.

Methods: Twenty-two semi-structured interviews, representing 11 families, were analyzed using content analysis. The families consisted of a subsample (all mother-grandmother dyads) from “The Grandparents’ Study” performed in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Two thirds of the mothers and more than half of the grandmothers were overweight/obese. Among children (mean age 4.7 years; 45 % girls) 60% were overweight/obese.

Results: The strategies used to influence children’s beverage consumption included parental involvement (e.g. offering healthy options, teaching about nutrition), restriction (of unhealthy beverages), moderation (of beverages perceived as healthy/partly healthy) and modeling (acting as a good role model). Both mothers and grandmothers used more than one of these strategies. While there was no clear difference in the choice of the strategies between mothers and grandmothers, the perceptions about what the children preferred to drink differed between the two generations. There was also a difference in views about beverages’ healthiness: more than half of the grandmothers perceived juice as healthy while none of the mothers did.

Conclusions: The most distinct intergenerational difference was related to juice, with grandmothers being more positive. Increased knowledge regarding beverages may influence attitudes and behaviors of family members and ultimately impact upon children’s drinking habits. Further studies on how to implement familial practices in dietary treatment and how to effectively involve and educate members of the extended family are needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, 2015. 27-27 p.
Keyword [en]
grandparents, knowledge, practices, sugar-sweetened beverages
National Category
Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-312198OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-312198DiVA: diva2:1062639
25th European Chilhood Obesity Congress (The European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG)) 12-14 October 2015, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
VINNOVA, 2011-3443
Available from: 2017-01-07 Created: 2017-01-07 Last updated: 2017-01-18Bibliographically approved

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