Currently, there is limited research investigating participant perceptions of after-school program impacts. The present study evaluated the effectiveness of an after-school leadership program for adolescent females. Specifically, this study assessed adolescent perceptions of program impacts on changes in dietary behavior, body image, and self-esteem. Data was gathered through a series of semi-structured questions posed during a focus group. The focus group transcript was coded using the qualitative analysis technique of theoretical thematic analysis. Six major themes related to youth perceptions of program impacts emerged as follows: practicing healthy behaviors, applications at home, focus on health and inner beauty, awareness of false media messages, embracing true self, and realizing capabilities. Additionally, participants identified several components, such as hands-on activities, field trips, and structured “sharing moments” to have enhanced their experience. The perceived positive impacts demonstrate the potential benefits of programs to address common concerns in this audience related to nutrition, body image, and self-esteem.
|Commitee:||Beaudoin, Jessica, Galvan, Christine|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Nutrition, Gender studies|
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