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Trying to find the quickest way: employed mothers' constructions of time for food.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17276323     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: The study sought to develop an understanding of how employed mothers constructed time for food provisioning for themselves and their families.
DESIGN: A grounded theory approach and semistructured, in-depth interviews.
SETTING: A metropolitan area of approximately 1 million people in the northeastern United States.
PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-five low-wage employed mothers were purposively recruited to vary in occupation, race/ethnicity, education, household composition, and age using workplace, community, convenience, and snowball sampling.
PHENOMENON OF INTEREST: Low-wage employed mothers' constructions of time for food.
ANALYSIS: Interview transcripts were analyzed using the constant comparative method.
RESULTS: Most mothers expressed feelings of time scarcity. Mothers described 3 timestyles that reflected how they constructed time. Timestyles reflected mothers' experiences of strain and time scarcity, usual time management strategies, and sense of control over time. Mothers prioritized feeding their children but wanted to complete meals quickly in order to move on to other tasks.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Recognizing issues of time scarcity and individual differences of timestyles and time management strategies can help researchers better understand food choice practices and assist practitioners in identifying practical food provisioning strategies for low-wage employed mothers. Food policies and recommendations should be evaluated for their relevance to the time scarcity and work strain issues that these mothers faced.
Authors:
Jennifer Jabs; Carol M Devine; Carole A Bisogni; Tracy J Farrell; Margaret Jastran; Elaine Wethington
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1499-4046     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2007 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-05     Completed Date:  2007-03-22     Revised Date:  2011-08-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Child
Child, Preschool
Choice Behavior
Cooking / methods*
Eating
Employment
Female
Food Habits / physiology,  psychology*
Humans
Interviews as Topic*
Male
Menu Planning / methods*
Middle Aged
New England
Socioeconomic Factors
Time Factors
Women, Working / psychology*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
5 T32 DK007158/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS; CA102684/CA/NCI NIH HHS
Comments/Corrections
Erratum In:
J Nutr Educ Behav. 2007 May-Jun;39(3):170

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