Evaluation of emotion-based messages designed to motivate hispanic and Asian parents of early adolescents to engage in calcium-rich food and beverage parenting practices

Jinan Corinne Banna, Marla Reicks, Carolyn Gunther, Rickelle Richards, Christine Bruhn, Mary Cluskey, Siew Sun Wong, Scottie Misner, Nobuko Hongu, N. Paul Johnston

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Abstract

BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Setting healthful beverage expectations, making calcium-rich foods and beverages (CRF/B) available, and role modeling are parenting practices promoting calcium intake among early adolescents. This study aimed to evaluate emotion-based messages designed to motivate parents of early adolescents to perform these practices. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Emotion-based messages were developed for each parenting practice and tested in 35 parents from 5 states. Findings were used to modify messages and develop a survey administered via Amazon MechanicalTurk to a convenience sample of Asian (n = 166) and Hispanic (n = 184) parents of children 10-13 years. Main outcome measures were message comprehension, motivation, relevance, acceptability, and novelty. Engagement in the parenting practices was also assessed. RESULTS: Message comprehension was acceptable for the majority of parents. Most also agreed that messages were motivational (setting healthful beverage expectations (69.0%), making CRF/B available (67.4%), and role modeling (80.0%)), relevant and acceptable. About 30-50% indicated they had not seen the information before. Many parents indicated they were already engaging in the practices (> 70%). No racial/ethnic differences were observed for responses to messages or engaging in parenting practices. CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate that emotion-based messages designed to motivate parents to engage in parenting practices that promote calcium intake among early adolescents were motivating, relevant, and acceptable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-463
Number of pages8
JournalNutrition Research and Practice
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2016

Keywords

  • Asian
  • Calcium
  • Early adolescent
  • Emotion-based message
  • Hispanic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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