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the role of parents in childhood obsity

based on theory of planned behavior perspective
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Soohyun Kang

on 7 July 2010

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The Role of Parents in Childhood Obesity:
Based on Theroy of Planned Behavior Perspective Soohyun Kang
Sungkyunkyan University Childhood Obesity Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) they eat and eat..... Nowadays, Obesity is being a big issue on health problem.
Not just about Adult obesity, but also about Child obesity is hard issue to prevent. Child obesity will be a significant problem in the South Korea soon. Parent's perceptions of thier role prevent childhood obesity.

To promote this association, this study will conduct in which parents response to Theory of Planned Behavior(TPB) survey items as they relate to providing healthy foods and limiting unhealthy foods for their children.

Moreover, Parents can manage of providing healthy foods or limiting unhealthy foods as effective in preventing obesity. The theory of planned behavior, is an extension of the Theory of Reasoned Action(TRA: Fishbein and Ajzen, 1975) that continues to attract a great deal of attention in psychology.

According to the theory, behavioral intention, whether or not a person plans to perfom a particular behavior, is the most important predictior of future behavior.

Three determinants in the TPB states:
attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control. Hypothesis

the hypothesis is as follow:

H1: Parents' intentions, attitudes, perception of social norms, and perceived behavioral control providing healthy foods and limiting unhealthy foods will predict their children's unhealthy eating. Result

Descriptive statistics
Construct M SD
Attitude 5.15 .82
Behavioral intention 3.44 1.08
Subjective norm 3.75 1.25
Perceived behavioral control 4.34 .95
Attitude:
My giving my child one serving of fruits and vegetables per day to keep them healthy is very important. Cronbach's a=.71

Subjective norm:
Most people who are important to me think that I should limit my child's intake of sweetened drinks each day.Cronbach's a=.65

Perceived behavioral control:
I am able to limit my child's intake of sweetened drink to prevent my child form becoming overweight. Cronbach's a=.6o

Behavioral intention: I intend to give my child at leat one giving of fruit and vegetable each day.Cronbach's a=.65 . 11 all path coefficients in the TPB model were substantial and in the predicted direction.


Causal model with path coefficients. .37 .22 . 17 .25 Conclusion

Children's obesity is not just a problem which can be handled by children themselves.

Many levels of factors contributed to the children's ovesity epidemic.
This study can uncover the importance of two predictive factors, parent's
attitude and behaivor, which influence children's health.
Limitation

There was small number of participants(N=55) due to lack of time and money.

Also parent's self-reports regarding chasing their child's intake of unhealthy foods were used as the behavioral measure.
It is impossible to measure parent's tracking behavior perfectly.
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