Maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children: A grounded theory study

Olivia Southwell, John R E Fox

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    Abstract

    Objectives. To develop a theoretical framework for understanding maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children. Method. Semi-structured interviews with 12 mothers of overweight or obese children recruited via the paediatrician or local weight management group. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using Grounded Theory methodology. Results. Using Grounded Theory, a theoretical understanding of maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children was developed using the two over-arching core categories of 'Good mum/bad mum' and 'Resilience'. Conclusion. Results supported findings uncovered in previous research and also expand on these findings by offering explanations about the psychological mechanisms that may mediate maternal misperceptions of overweight. ©2010 The British Psychological Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)626-641
    Number of pages15
    JournalBritish Journal of Health Psychology
    Volume16
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

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