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J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2011 Apr;32(3):188-95. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e318208f576.

Perceived social support and its association with obesity-specific health-related quality of life.

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Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA. mherzer@cmh.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To (1) describe type and source of social support perceived by obese youth and examine associations with sociodemographic/anthropometric characteristics, and (2) examine relationships between social support and obesity-specific health-related quality of life (HRQOL).

METHODS:

Seventy-four obese youth and their primary caregivers participated. Youth completed the Child and Adolescent Social Support Scale and an obesity-specific HRQOL measure, Sizing Me Up.

RESULTS:

Close friends and parents provided the most social support and were rated most important, except for teacher informational support. Classmates and schools provided the least social support. Body mass index z-score was correlated with teacher support frequency (r = -.26, p < .05) and minority youth reported more parent support (t(72) = -2.21, p < .05). Compared with other support providers, classmate support significantly predicted most HRQOL scales (p < .001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Close friends, parents, and teachers are significant sources of support to youth with obesity; however, classmates play a unique role in the HRQOL of obese youth.

PMID:
21263350
PMCID:
PMC3480181
DOI:
10.1097/DBP.0b013e318208f576
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