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Title: A qualitative study of maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children
Author: Southwell, Olivia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2676 1561
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2009
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Previous studies have found that mothers of overweight children report low levels of concern and consistently underestimate the weight of their child. A significant limitation of these studies is that they have failed to offer an explanation as to why this underestimation may occur and how it might be linked to maternal perceptions of overweight in children. The aim was to develop a theoretical framework for understanding maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with twelve mothers recruited via the paediatrician or local weight management group both in the North-West of England. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using grounded theory methodology. A theoretical understanding of maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children was developed using five related categories: 'feeding practices', 'minimising severity', 'concerns about weight', 'control' and 'resilience'. Results support findings uncovered in previous research and also expand on these findings by offering explanations about the psychological mechanisms that may mediate maternal misperceptions of overweight.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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