Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Case Study of Student and Staff Perceptions of the School Breakfast Program: Food for Thought from a College Preparatory High School for Underserved Students
by Young, Jennifer Lucas, Ed.D., Portland State University, 2018, 184; 10980433
Abstract (Summary)

Research suggests that participation in the School Breakfast Program positively impacts academic success by improving student behavior, cognitive functioning, and attendance. Additionally, the School Breakfast Program appears to improve food insecurity, overall health and weight-related issues. However, compared to the National School Lunch Program, participation in the School Breakfast Program has been historically low, especially at the high school level. Using an integrated composite framework, a combination of social cognitive theory and ecological systems theory, as the conceptual model, this qualitative case study explored factors influencing student breakfast eating and participation in the school’s breakfast program within a college-preparatory high school serving culturally diverse, predominantly low-income students. I used an all-staff survey as a qualitative data collection tool, and semi-structured interviews with school staff, student focus groups, and a Draw-A-High-School-Student-Breakfast Test to collect qualitative data. Using thematic networks as an analysis tool, I examined the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of school staff and students about breakfast eating and participation in the school’s breakfast program. The study found that communication about the School Breakfast Program, arriving to school in time to eat, and relationships with food service staff, influence participation in the School Breakfast Program. The findings are discussed in terms of their significance on practice and policy within both education and public health sectors. The study concludes with recommendations for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stevens, Dannelle D.
Commitee: Burns, Heather, Caskey, Micki M., Santelmann, Lynn
School: Portland State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 80/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Secondary education, Nutrition
Keywords: Adolescence, Breakfast skipping, Food insecurity, Obesity, School Breakfast Program
Publication Number: 10980433
ISBN: 9780438754409
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