Nutrition-related practices and attitudes of Kansas skipped-generation caregivers and their grandchildren

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dc.contributor.author Murray, Bethany Joann en
dc.date.accessioned 2007-11-26T22:31:01Z
dc.date.available 2007-11-26T22:31:01Z
dc.date.issued 2007-11-26T22:31:01Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/430
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Skipped-generation households are increasing both nationally and in Kansas. This qualitative study explored the nutrition-related practices and attitudes of Kansas older skipped-generation caregivers and the children under their care. Design and Methods: Twenty-three Kansas caregivers representing 19 households were interviewed about a range of topics using a semi-structured approach. Interview transcriptions were content analyzed. Results: Nutrition-related practices and attitudes changed over time. Compared to when they were parenting the first time, skipped-generation caregivers reported that they are more nutrition and food safety conscious and have shifted in their parenting style. Their grandchildren appeared to be adversely affected by an on-the-go lifestyle and the use of more electronics. Caregiver sources of child feeding advice are based mostly on tradition. Caregivers believed that nutrition and safe food handling are important; they held beliefs that nutritious food is expensive; and most did not believe they would use population-specific nutrition education materials. The preferred distribution of nutrition education materials was through grandparent support groups. Implications: Research was exploratory in nature with a limited sample size. This population could benefit from education incorporating topics on infant, child, adolescent, and sports nutrition; healthful recipes and snack ideas; quick and inexpensive healthful meals that are low in fat, sugar, and salt; healthful fast food and packaged food options; the importance of checking the internal temperatures of meat when cooking; ways to feed "picky eaters;" benefits of eating together as a family; tips to limit children's sedentary time; and intergenerational gardening and cooking. en
dc.description.sponsorship K-State Research and Extension Family Nutrition Program en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Custodial grandparents en
dc.subject qualitative nutrition research en
dc.subject child feeding en
dc.subject eating beliefs en
dc.title Nutrition-related practices and attitudes of Kansas skipped-generation caregivers and their grandchildren en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree Master of Science en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Human Nutrition en
dc.description.advisor Mary L. Higgins en
dc.subject.umi Health Sciences, General (0566) en
dc.date.published 2007 en
dc.date.graduationmonth December en


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