OJN  Vol.3 No.2 , June 2013
Latina mothers feeding their children: A focus group pilot study

The purpose of this study was to better understand current knowledge of health and nutrition, barriers to improving eating habits, and preferences for school-based interventions among low-income Latina mothers. Qualitative research methods and analysis were employed. Eighteen mothers of preschool-aged children participated in a focus group interview. Findings indicate that mothers have an understanding of healthy eating, but identified issues with connecting food with weight and in understanding definitions of “obese”. Further, respondents identified barriers to incorporating healthier foods and cooking methods into daily life, due to family food preferences, cultural practices, and schedules. Mother’s concerns about the future weight and the health of their children appeared to motivate interest in improving feeding behaviors. Desired interventions of mothers highlight the importance of culturally relative solutions to behavior change towards healthy eating.

Cite this paper
Bany, J. , Bredow, V. , Zender, R. , Tiso, S. , Grasska, M. and Berg, J. (2013) Latina mothers feeding their children: A focus group pilot study. Open Journal of Nursing, 3, 214-220. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2013.32029.
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