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Pilot testing a self-administered dietary assessment website with school-age children and adolescents under laboratory and free-living conditions

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Abstract


  • Aim: To evaluate the experiences and data of children using the DietAdvice website in a controlled and a free-living

    environment.

    Methods: Observational pilot study under laboratory conditions with face-to-face interviews and a communitybased

    nutrition and exercise intervention program. The laboratory trial consisted of n = 17 children (aged 9–16

    years) and the intervention program consisted of n = 34 adolescents (aged 12–16 years). Thematic analysis of

    observation/interview notes and χ2 tests and independent samples t-tests (P < 0.05) to compare responses and mean

    times, respectively, between age groups (group 1 (primary school): 9–12 years; group 2 (secondary school/

    adolescent): 13–16 years). Frequency and time of use analyses for the intervention group with comparisons to group

    2 of the laboratory observation.

    Results: Children had an intermediate (41.2%) or advanced level (58.8%) of computer knowledge and used

    computers 5.29 ± 2.31 days. There were no significant differences between age groups and time taken to complete

    website sections, observable behaviours and required assistance. A total of 71% of children found the website easy

    to complete and understand, yet expressed confusion to complete amount/frequency of food eaten (71%). Adolescents

    did not appear to be interested in using the website when it was an optional component of their participation.

    The adolescents in the intervention took one hour and 41 minutes to use the website.

    Conclusion: Children and adolescents have the required abilities to use the DietAdvice website; however, improvements

    to the website to engage their interests may further assist completion.

Authors


  •   Probst, Yasmine
  •   Cufer, Sarah (external author)
  •   Lin, Shannon (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Probst, Y., Cufer, S. & Lin, S. (2014). Pilot testing a self-administered dietary assessment website with school-age children and adolescents under laboratory and free-living conditions. Nutrition and Dietetics, 71 (2), 135-142.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84903169132

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2726&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1708

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 135

End Page


  • 142

Volume


  • 71

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Aim: To evaluate the experiences and data of children using the DietAdvice website in a controlled and a free-living

    environment.

    Methods: Observational pilot study under laboratory conditions with face-to-face interviews and a communitybased

    nutrition and exercise intervention program. The laboratory trial consisted of n = 17 children (aged 9–16

    years) and the intervention program consisted of n = 34 adolescents (aged 12–16 years). Thematic analysis of

    observation/interview notes and χ2 tests and independent samples t-tests (P < 0.05) to compare responses and mean

    times, respectively, between age groups (group 1 (primary school): 9–12 years; group 2 (secondary school/

    adolescent): 13–16 years). Frequency and time of use analyses for the intervention group with comparisons to group

    2 of the laboratory observation.

    Results: Children had an intermediate (41.2%) or advanced level (58.8%) of computer knowledge and used

    computers 5.29 ± 2.31 days. There were no significant differences between age groups and time taken to complete

    website sections, observable behaviours and required assistance. A total of 71% of children found the website easy

    to complete and understand, yet expressed confusion to complete amount/frequency of food eaten (71%). Adolescents

    did not appear to be interested in using the website when it was an optional component of their participation.

    The adolescents in the intervention took one hour and 41 minutes to use the website.

    Conclusion: Children and adolescents have the required abilities to use the DietAdvice website; however, improvements

    to the website to engage their interests may further assist completion.

Authors


  •   Probst, Yasmine
  •   Cufer, Sarah (external author)
  •   Lin, Shannon (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Probst, Y., Cufer, S. & Lin, S. (2014). Pilot testing a self-administered dietary assessment website with school-age children and adolescents under laboratory and free-living conditions. Nutrition and Dietetics, 71 (2), 135-142.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84903169132

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2726&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1708

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 135

End Page


  • 142

Volume


  • 71

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia