Family stress, social support, and health beliefs as determinants of maternal compliance behavior in relation to the dietary management of the obese infant
AuthorGraver, Ellen, 1953-
KeywordsObesity in children -- Psychological aspects.
Nutrition disorders in infants -- Psychological aspects.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractHypotheses explaining maternal compliance behavior in relation to maternal attitudes and motivations and family and social influences were explored retrospectively in families of 39 obese infants from six to twelve months of age. Maternal social support and infant characteristics were not strongly associated or predictive of maternal compliance behavior. Stressful life changes in the family were negatively associated with maternal compliance to the dietary regimen. Maternal perception of infant fatness was negatively associated with dietary compliance behavior and positively associated with study protocol compliance behavior. Demographic variables were positively associated with compliance to study protocol. Family stress, maternal health beliefs, and demographic variables outweighed social support in their power to predict compliance behaviors. Compliance to study requirements did not necessarily mean compliance to the dietary regimen. Clinical use of assessing family stress, maternal beliefs and demographic variables appears to provide additional understanding of compliance behaviors in mothers with infant feeding recommendations.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Nutrition and Food Science