Maternal Perspectives on Lifestyle Habits That Put Children of Mexican Descent at Risk for Obesity
Article first published online: 30 OCT 2009
© (2009), Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 16–25, January 2010
How to Cite
Gallagher, M. R. (2010), Maternal Perspectives on Lifestyle Habits That Put Children of Mexican Descent at Risk for Obesity. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 15: 16–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2009.00213.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 30 OCT 2009
- First Received November 22, 2008; Revision received June 7, 2009; Accepted for publication July 3, 2009.
- Latino children;
- lifestyle habits;
- maternal perspective;
PURPOSE. This article presents the views that mothers of Mexican descent have related to lifestyle habits that put children at risk for obesity.
DESIGN AND METHOD. A qualitative, naturalistic design using ethnographic interviews was selected for this study. Informational redundancy was reached with 9 mothers of Mexican descent. Spradley's Developmental Research Sequence guided data collection and analysis.
RESULTS. Participants held views that were congruent with the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Findings provide nurses with knowledge on how mothers of Mexican descent view appropriate nutrition, discipline in feeding, and the place of physical activity and television in young preschool children's lives.