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Food choices of young African-American and Latino adolescents: where do parents fit in?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17081835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To gain insight into parents' perceptions of the food preferences of their young adolescents, and their negotiating and decision-making strategies around food purchasing and meals, four focus groups were held with 32 African-American parents and three focus groups with 14 Spanish-dominant, first-generation immigrant Latina mothers. Most participants were of low socioeconomic status and were single parents. Many African-American parents emphasized children's growing appetites and preferences for fast food. Many reported making weekday dinner decisions jointly with the child or allowing the child to eat a lunch-like alternative, and allowing serve-yourself meals on weekends. A few prepared traditional ethnic foods. Latina parents reported that their children liked ethnic foods and fast/junk foods. They emphasized buying foods their children wanted, making no eating restrictions, and preparing traditional ethnic dinners without alternatives. African-American and Latina parents displayed concern over whether to place restrictions on young adolescents' eating. Further research is needed on the ways in which socioeconomic inequalities compound barriers to healthful eating, with particular attention to low income and immigrant populations.
Maureen O'Dougherty; Mary Story; Leslie Lytle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-03     Completed Date:  2006-11-28     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1846-50     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior / physiology,  psychology*
Adolescent Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
African Americans*
Choice Behavior
Eating / physiology,  psychology
Focus Groups
Food Preferences* / ethnology,  psychology
Hispanic Americans*
Parents / psychology*

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