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J Pediatr Psychol. 2000 Apr-May;25(3):137-45.

Children's attitudes and behavioral intentions toward a peer presented as obese: does a medical explanation for the obesity make a difference?

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University of Memphis, Tennessee 38138, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the effect of information on children's attitudes and behavioral intentions toward a peer presented as obese.

METHODS:

Children (N = 184) were randomly assigned to observe a video of a boy or girl in one of three conditions: average-weight, obese, obese with medical information explaining the obesity. They rated stereotypical attitudes on the Adjective Checklist and behavioral intentions on the Shared Activities Questionnaire (SAQ-B).

RESULTS:

Ratings were generally more favorable for the average-weight than for the obese condition. However, provision of medical information had a positive effect on attitudes toward the obese peer only for younger children and a negative effect on willingness of older children to share academic activities with the peer. Boys and girls showed more positive behavioral intentions toward the same-sex target child regardless of obesity condition.

CONCLUSIONS:

Information explaining obesity has a minimal positive effect on children's attitudes and behavioral intentions toward a peer presented as obese.

PMID:
10780140
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/25.3.137
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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