Predictors of Healthy and Unhealthy Weight Control Behaviors among a Pediatric Primary Care Sample

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Title:
Predictors of Healthy and Unhealthy Weight Control Behaviors among a Pediatric Primary Care Sample
Physical Description:
1 online resource (71 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Carmody, Julia K
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Master's ( M.S.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Psychology, Clinical and Health Psychology
Committee Chair:
JANICKE,DAVID
Committee Co-Chair:
BOGGS,STEPHEN R
Committee Members:
PERLSTEIN,WILLIAM MICHAEL
MCCRAE,CHRISTINA SMITH

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
adolscents -- children -- dieting -- obesity -- overweight -- parents -- peers -- siblings
Clinical and Health Psychology -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Psychology thesis, M.S.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Youth engage in a variety of weight control behaviors (WCBs) that may be categorized as healthy or unhealthy. Unhealthy weight control behaviors (UWCBs) are associated with weight gain, eating disorders, and poor psychological well being. In order to inform clinical assessment and interventions, it is important to gain a better understanding of socioenvironmental factors associated with youth engagement in WCBs. Therefore, the current study aims to identify the healthy and unhealthy WCBs that are most prevalent among youth, how often youth engage in each WCB, how aware parents of child engagement in WCBs, and whether supporter groups (parents, siblings, and peers) engaging in WCBs or encouraging youth to engage in WCBs influence how frequently youth engage in WCBs. Participants were 216 youth, ages 10 to 17 years, and their caregivers recruited from a pediatric clinic. Results indicated that overweight and obese youth were more likely to engage in both healthy and unhealthy WCBs. Caregivers reported youth engaged in fewer healthy and unhealthy WCBs than youth themselves reported. Parent engagement in both healthy and unhealthy WCBs significantly predicted youth healthy and unhealthy WCB frequency, respectively. Parents encouraging youth to engage in HWCBs significantly predicted youth HWCB frequency, however, this association was not significant for UWCBs. Results indicate parents play a significant role in influencing child engagement in WCBs, particularly for healthy WCBs, through behaviors and encouragement; this has important implications for parent involvement in healthy lifestyle interventions for pediatric obesity.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
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This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Julia K Carmody.
Thesis:
Thesis (M.S.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: JANICKE,DAVID.
Local:
Co-adviser: BOGGS,STEPHEN R.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046764:00001