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Practicalities and Research Considerations for Conducting Childhood Obesity Prevention Interventions with Families

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Abstract


  • Internationally, childhood obesity is a major public health concern. Given the established difficulties in treating obesity, designing and evaluating effective obesity prevention interventions are research priorities. As parents play a crucial role in establishing positive health behaviours in children, they are a key target for child obesity prevention programs. However, recruiting and engaging parents in such interventions can be a considerable challenge for researchers and practitioners. Members of the ‘Parenting, Child Behaviour and Well-being’ stream of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN) have considerable and varied expertise in conducting such interventions and can provide insights into addressing these challenges. This paper aims to highlight considerations regarding the design, implementation, and evaluation of obesity prevention interventions with families and provide practical insights and recommendations for researchers and practitioners conducting family-based research in this area. Case studies of three family-based interventions conducted by ACAORN members are highlighted to provide examples and contextualise the recommendations proposed.

UOW Authors


  •   Morgan, Philip J. (external author)
  •   Jones, Rachel
  •   Collins, Clare E. (external author)
  •   Hesketh, Kylie (external author)
  •   Young, Myles D. (external author)
  •   Burrows, Tracy L. (external author)
  •   Magarey, Anthea (external author)
  •   Brown, Helen (external author)
  •   Hinkley, Trina (external author)
  •   Perry, R.A. (external author)
  •   Brennan, Leah (external author)
  •   Spence, Alison C. (external author)
  •   Campbell, Karen (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Morgan, P. J., Jones, R. A., Collins, C. E., Hesketh, K. D., Young, M. D., Burrows, T. L., Magarey, A. M., Brown, H. L., Hinkley, T., Perry, R. A., Brennan, L., Spence, A. C. & Campbell, K. J. (2016). Practicalities and Research Considerations for Conducting Childhood Obesity Prevention Interventions with Families. Children, 3 (4), 24-1-24-16.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4026&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3023

Start Page


  • 24-1

End Page


  • 24-16

Volume


  • 3

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland

Abstract


  • Internationally, childhood obesity is a major public health concern. Given the established difficulties in treating obesity, designing and evaluating effective obesity prevention interventions are research priorities. As parents play a crucial role in establishing positive health behaviours in children, they are a key target for child obesity prevention programs. However, recruiting and engaging parents in such interventions can be a considerable challenge for researchers and practitioners. Members of the ‘Parenting, Child Behaviour and Well-being’ stream of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN) have considerable and varied expertise in conducting such interventions and can provide insights into addressing these challenges. This paper aims to highlight considerations regarding the design, implementation, and evaluation of obesity prevention interventions with families and provide practical insights and recommendations for researchers and practitioners conducting family-based research in this area. Case studies of three family-based interventions conducted by ACAORN members are highlighted to provide examples and contextualise the recommendations proposed.

UOW Authors


  •   Morgan, Philip J. (external author)
  •   Jones, Rachel
  •   Collins, Clare E. (external author)
  •   Hesketh, Kylie (external author)
  •   Young, Myles D. (external author)
  •   Burrows, Tracy L. (external author)
  •   Magarey, Anthea (external author)
  •   Brown, Helen (external author)
  •   Hinkley, Trina (external author)
  •   Perry, R.A. (external author)
  •   Brennan, Leah (external author)
  •   Spence, Alison C. (external author)
  •   Campbell, Karen (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Morgan, P. J., Jones, R. A., Collins, C. E., Hesketh, K. D., Young, M. D., Burrows, T. L., Magarey, A. M., Brown, H. L., Hinkley, T., Perry, R. A., Brennan, L., Spence, A. C. & Campbell, K. J. (2016). Practicalities and Research Considerations for Conducting Childhood Obesity Prevention Interventions with Families. Children, 3 (4), 24-1-24-16.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4026&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3023

Start Page


  • 24-1

End Page


  • 24-16

Volume


  • 3

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland