Strategies of Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white parents to influence young adolescents' intake of calcium-rich foods, 2004 and 2005.

Miriam Edlefsen, Marla Reicks, Dena Goldberg, Garry Auld, Margaret A. Bock, Carol J. Boushey, Christine Bruhn, Mary Cluskey, Scottie L Misner, Beth Olson, Changzheng Wang, Sahar Zaghloul

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INTRODUCTION: Optimal intake of dietary calcium is critical to prevent osteoporosis later in life, yet most young adolescents do not consume the recommended amount. We describe parental strategies that can influence young adolescents' calcium intake in Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white households METHODS: A qualitative research design employed semistructured individual interviews with a convenience sample of mostly female parents self-reported as Asian (n = 48), Hispanic (n = 44), or non-Hispanic white (n = 76) having a child aged 10 to 13 years at home. Interviews were conducted in homes or community centers in 12 states. Interview data were analyzed by using qualitative data analysis software and thematic content analysis procedures. RESULTS: Parents monitored calcium intake by making calcium-rich foods available, preparing calcium-rich foods, and setting expectations that children would consume calcium-rich foods. As mentors, parents encouraged intake of calcium-rich foods and advised children to moderate or increase intake of specific foods. Although parents perceived modeling of calcium intake as important, some were ambivalent about its effects. We noted minimal differences by racial/ethnic groups and sex of children in reported availability of selected calcium-rich foods at home, parental modeling of intake, and mentoring behaviors. CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that interventions to help parents increase children's intake of calcium should focus on types of foods made available, giving age-appropriate encouragement and advice, and modeling proper intake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPreventing chronic disease
Volume5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2008

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Hispanic Americans
Parents
Calcium
Food
Interviews
Dietary Calcium
Mentors
Qualitative Research
Ethnic Groups
Osteoporosis
Research Design
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Edlefsen, M., Reicks, M., Goldberg, D., Auld, G., Bock, M. A., Boushey, C. J., ... Zaghloul, S. (2008). Strategies of Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white parents to influence young adolescents' intake of calcium-rich foods, 2004 and 2005. Preventing chronic disease, 5(4).

Strategies of Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white parents to influence young adolescents' intake of calcium-rich foods, 2004 and 2005. / Edlefsen, Miriam; Reicks, Marla; Goldberg, Dena; Auld, Garry; Bock, Margaret A.; Boushey, Carol J.; Bruhn, Christine; Cluskey, Mary; Misner, Scottie L; Olson, Beth; Wang, Changzheng; Zaghloul, Sahar.

In: Preventing chronic disease, Vol. 5, No. 4, 10.2008.

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Edlefsen, M, Reicks, M, Goldberg, D, Auld, G, Bock, MA, Boushey, CJ, Bruhn, C, Cluskey, M, Misner, SL, Olson, B, Wang, C & Zaghloul, S 2008, 'Strategies of Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white parents to influence young adolescents' intake of calcium-rich foods, 2004 and 2005.', Preventing chronic disease, vol. 5, no. 4.
Edlefsen, Miriam ; Reicks, Marla ; Goldberg, Dena ; Auld, Garry ; Bock, Margaret A. ; Boushey, Carol J. ; Bruhn, Christine ; Cluskey, Mary ; Misner, Scottie L ; Olson, Beth ; Wang, Changzheng ; Zaghloul, Sahar. / Strategies of Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white parents to influence young adolescents' intake of calcium-rich foods, 2004 and 2005. In: Preventing chronic disease. 2008 ; Vol. 5, No. 4.
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