Embedding weight-related messages within a general parenting programme: Development and feasibility evaluation of Parents and Tots Together

Jess Haines, Angela M. Mayorga, Julia McDonald, Ashley O'Brien, Deborah Gross, Elsie M. Taveras, Alexandra Epee-Bounya, Matthew W. Gillman

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Abstract

In this article, we describe the development and feasibility evaluation of Parents and Tots Together (PTT), a family-based obesity prevention intervention that embeds weight-related messages within a general parenting programme. To inform the development of PTT, we conducted 5 focus groups with 19 racially/ethnically diverse parents to examine parents' key concerns and usual practices related to child-rearing and children's weight-related behaviours. Results from the focus groups showed that issues related to general parenting (e.g. discipline) were of primary concern to parents, suggesting that combining weight-related messages with general parenting support may be an effective strategy to engage parents of preschool-aged children. To determine the feasibility of PTT, we conducted a pilot study with 16 racially/ethnically diverse parents. The programme was well received by parents; 69% of the parents attended six or more of the nine sessions and 80% reported that they were 'very satisfied' with the programme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-965
Number of pages15
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume182
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012

Keywords

  • intervention
  • obesity prevention
  • parenting
  • preschool children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics

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