Nutritional knowledge of parents and the packed lunch they provide their children

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http://hdl.handle.net/10034/115250
Title:
Nutritional knowledge of parents and the packed lunch they provide their children
Authors:
Healy, Yvonne
Abstract:
This dissertation aims to investigate if the level of Irish parents’/guardians’ nutritional knowledge reflects the foods they provide in their children’s packed lunch. Another aim of the study was to determine if parents’/guardians’ level of education reflects their level of nutritional knowledge. A final aim of the study was to determine whether boys or girls had healthier lunchboxes. To have the children complete a lunchbox questionnaire, and for the parents/guardians to complete a General Nutrition Knowledge Questionnaire for Adults. The study population consisted of 35 8-9 year old children from a South Dublin primary school and their parents/guardians formed the study population. A lunchbox questionnaire was completed by the children and a General Nutrition Knowledge Questionnaire for Adults was completed by the parents/guardians. SPSS was undertaken to determine whether any correlations existed between the level of nutritional knowledge and the foods provided; the level of nutritional knowledge and the level of education; and to determine any differences between the boys’ and the girls’ lunchboxes. The results from this study show that level of parental nutritional knowledge does not reflect the foods they provide in their child’s lunchbox (p>0.05). There was no relationship found between level of nutritional knowledge and level of education (p>0.05), nor was there any significant difference (p>0.05) between the health status of the boys and girls lunchboxes. The standard of lunches was low, as was the level of nutritional awareness of the parents/guardians. This study attempts to fill a gap in the literature, investigating whether the level of parental nutritional knowledge reflects the lunches they provide in their children’s packed lunch. The results from this study found that level of nutritional knowledge does not reflect the foods parents/guardians provide in packed lunches. Health promotion strategies are needed to target new areas in order to broaden nutritional awareness in the Irish adult population. Healthy lunchbox strategies are recommended to be employed by parents and/or schools in order to improve the nutritional quality of these meals.
Advisors:
Fallows, Stephen
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
Sep-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/115250
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorFallows, Stephenen
dc.contributor.authorHealy, Yvonneen
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-10T10:08:26Zen
dc.date.available2010-11-10T10:08:26Zen
dc.date.issued2009-09en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/115250en
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation aims to investigate if the level of Irish parents’/guardians’ nutritional knowledge reflects the foods they provide in their children’s packed lunch. Another aim of the study was to determine if parents’/guardians’ level of education reflects their level of nutritional knowledge. A final aim of the study was to determine whether boys or girls had healthier lunchboxes. To have the children complete a lunchbox questionnaire, and for the parents/guardians to complete a General Nutrition Knowledge Questionnaire for Adults. The study population consisted of 35 8-9 year old children from a South Dublin primary school and their parents/guardians formed the study population. A lunchbox questionnaire was completed by the children and a General Nutrition Knowledge Questionnaire for Adults was completed by the parents/guardians. SPSS was undertaken to determine whether any correlations existed between the level of nutritional knowledge and the foods provided; the level of nutritional knowledge and the level of education; and to determine any differences between the boys’ and the girls’ lunchboxes. The results from this study show that level of parental nutritional knowledge does not reflect the foods they provide in their child’s lunchbox (p>0.05). There was no relationship found between level of nutritional knowledge and level of education (p>0.05), nor was there any significant difference (p>0.05) between the health status of the boys and girls lunchboxes. The standard of lunches was low, as was the level of nutritional awareness of the parents/guardians. This study attempts to fill a gap in the literature, investigating whether the level of parental nutritional knowledge reflects the lunches they provide in their children’s packed lunch. The results from this study found that level of nutritional knowledge does not reflect the foods parents/guardians provide in packed lunches. Health promotion strategies are needed to target new areas in order to broaden nutritional awareness in the Irish adult population. Healthy lunchbox strategies are recommended to be employed by parents and/or schools in order to improve the nutritional quality of these meals.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectlunchbox contentsen
dc.subjectIrish adultsen
dc.subjectchildhood obesityen
dc.subjectschoolchildrenen
dc.titleNutritional knowledge of parents and the packed lunch they provide their childrenen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMScen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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