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Methodological issues regarding eating behavior of high-risk adolescents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9239178     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Teens exist in multiple environments that offer a variety of foods and a range in nutrient intakes. Currently used dietary data-collection methods may not be contemporary and encompass the real world of today's youth. If we consider respondent capability when we design our dietary assessment methods, then we can increase accuracy and reduce errors in our data. Our methodological challenge is to improve collection methods and to: Focus on the teen and his or her respective environments, Develop environment-specific probes within food records, recalls, checklists, and frequencies, Inbed safeguards to assure impartial reporting when surrogate respondents-for example, parents or school food service staff-are queried, Differentiate between foods "as offered or available at the home or school" versus foods as actually selected and eaten, Tease out the influence of peers and older siblings on food choices versus selections based on personal choice or cost, Employ cooperative education in the classroom so teens will feel comfortable with spontaneous interviews by unfamiliar people, Train students in dietary recordkeeping procedures by incorporating assessment activities into the classroom instruction. In conclusion, the teen lives in multiple environments that influence his or her food and nutrient intake. To increase validity, reliability, and our confidence in the dietary data about teens, we must acknowledge these microenvironments and evolve our methods. The process must be evolutionary not revolutionary like the lives of many teens. The result will be an increased accuracy in both defining actual nutrient intakes and exploring the role foods and nutrients have in the overall health or nutrient deficit teens face.
G C Frank
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  817     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  1997 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-08-21     Completed Date:  1997-08-21     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  66-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University, Long Beach 90840-0501, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent / physiology*
Feeding Behavior / physiology*
Risk Factors

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