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Employed parents' satisfaction with food-choice coping strategies. Influence of gender and structure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19501770     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to understand parents' evaluations of the way they integrated work-family demands to manage food and eating. Employed, low/moderate-income, urban, U.S., Black, White, and Latino mothers (35) and fathers (34) participated in qualitative interviews exploring work and family conditions and spillover, food roles, and food-choice coping and family-adaptive strategies. Parents expressed a range of evaluations from overall satisfaction to overall dissatisfaction as well as dissatisfaction limited to work, family life, or daily schedule. Evaluation criteria differed by gender. Mothers evaluated satisfaction on their ability to balance work and family demands through flexible home and work conditions, while striving to provide healthy meals for their families. Fathers evaluated satisfaction on their ability to achieve schedule stability and participate in family meals, while meeting expectations to contribute to food preparation. Household, and especially work structural conditions, often served as sizeable barriers to parents fulfilling valued family food roles. These relationships highlight the critical need to consider the intersecting influences of gender and social structure as influences on adults' food choices and dietary intake and to address the challenges of work and family integration among low income employed parents as a way to promote family nutrition in a vulnerable population.
Christine E Blake; Carol M Devine; Elaine Wethington; Margaret Jastran; Tracy J Farrell; Carole A Bisogni
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2009-03-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1095-8304     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-08     Completed Date:  2009-09-29     Revised Date:  2013-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  711-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Choice Behavior*
Employment / psychology*
Family / psychology
Food Preferences / psychology
Menu Planning*
Parenting / psychology
Parents / psychology*
Personal Satisfaction*
Sex Distribution
Stress, Psychological
Grant Support
R01 CA102684-01A1/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R01CA102684-01/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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