Maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children: a grounded theory study

  • Southwell O
  • Fox J
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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To develop a theoretical framework for understanding maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in childrenMETHOD: Semi-structured interviews with 12 mothers of overweight or obese children recruited via the paediatrician or local weight management group. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using Grounded Theory methodologyRESULTS: Using Grounded Theory, a theoretical understanding of maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children was developed using the two over-arching core categories of 'Good mum/bad mum' and 'Resilience'CONCLUSION: Results supported findings uncovered in previous research and also expand on these findings by offering explanations about the psychological mechanisms that may mediate maternal misperceptions of overweight.Copyright 2010 The British Psychological Society

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Child Welfare
  • *Health Knowledge,Attitudes,Practice
  • *Mothers/px [Psychology]
  • *Obesity
  • *Overweight
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • England
  • Female
  • Great Britain
  • Health
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • MEDLINE
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models,Theoretical
  • Mothers
  • Obesity
  • Perception
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • SB - Index Medicus

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  • O Southwell

  • J R Fox

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