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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Process of Mothering an Obese Child
by Soto, Carol, Ph.D., Adelphi University, 2015, 176; 3663097
Abstract (Summary)

Maternal influence has been identified as a crucial factor in identifying and predicting if a child will be obese and can influence children's future comorbidities if they are obese. There is a dearth of research focused literature on the mothers' perspectives in caring for a child with obesity. The purpose of this grounded theory study (Glaser & Strauss (1967)) was to identify a process of mothering an obese child. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 12 mothers. The transcripts of the interviews were coded, and coded data were then categorized and further analyzed to conceptualize a process. Three final phases, realizing, limiting and eliminating, and doing something, each with subcategories, explained the process of mothering an obese child. Limiting and Eliminating emerged as the core variable for this process. That is, mothers primarily used limiting and eliminating foods for their child, a strategy well known today to be ineffective for weight loss in children. Moreover, the mothers were not aware of many of the contemporary strategies for obesity intervention for children. This study's findings will inform health care professionals who work in both prevention and intervention settings with mothers of obese children and those at risk for developing obesity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Jane
School: Adelphi University
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Nursing, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Grounded theory and mothering, Mothering, Mothers and childhood obesity, Process of mothering and childhood obesity
Publication Number: 3663097
ISBN: 978-1-321-82721-7
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