Racial and Gender Differences in the Diets of Rural Youth and Their Mothers
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 27, Number 4, July 2003 , pp. 336-347(12)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objective: To examine mother-child dietary concordance that may contribute to healthy eating practices critical to cancer prevention in underserved rural families. Methods: A brief food frequency questionnaire was administered to 404 sixth-graders and their mothers in rural Virginia and New York. Results: Significant dietary fat concordance rates were indicated for mother-daughter dyads only. A 3-way interaction revealed that African American girls with mothers who report high fat intake are at highest risk for health-compromising dietary behaviors. Conclusions: Interventions may need to differentially motivate male and female adolescents and incorporate familial and cultural influences to promote healthy eating in rural youth.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI. 2: Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. 3: Life Skills Center, Professor of Psychology and Preventive Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
Publication date: 2003-07-01
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