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Br J Health Psychol. 2011 Sep;16(3):626-41. doi: 10.1348/2044-8287.002002. Epub 2010 Dec 3.

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

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Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK.

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.

PMID:
21199539
DOI:
10.1348/2044-8287.002002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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