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Factors influencing the food choices of Irish children and adolescents: a qualitative investigation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20382978     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Food choices established during childhood and adolescence tend to persist into adulthood with consequences for long-term health. Yet, to date, relatively little research has examined factors that influence the food choices of children and adolescents from their perspectives. In this article, previous research is extended by examining developmental differences between children's and adolescents' perceptions of factors influencing their food choices. Focus group discussions were conducted with 29 young people from three age groups (9-10, 13-14 and 16-18 years). An inductive thematic analysis identified three key factors as influencing food choices. These factors included intra-individual factors: the link between food preferences and awareness of healthy eating; intra-familial factors: the role of the home food environment; and extra-familial factors: eating away from the home. Findings indicate that there were developmental differences between children's and adolescents' perceptions of factors influencing food choice. Among adolescents, parental control began to diminish and adolescents exercised increased autonomy over their food choices compared with children. To develop effective nutrition interventions, it is important to gather child and adolescent input regarding factors perceived as influencing their food choices.
Amanda Fitzgerald; Caroline Heary; Elizabeth Nixon; Colette Kelly
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-04-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health promotion international     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1460-2245     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Promot Int     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-12     Completed Date:  2010-11-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9008939     Medline TA:  Health Promot Int     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  289-98     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Choice Behavior*
Food Habits / psychology
Food Preferences / psychology*
Personal Autonomy
Qualitative Research
Social Environment

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