Parental Perception of Their Child’s Weight Status and Associated Demographic Factors

Authors

  • Jill D Cochran West Virginia school of Osteopathic Medicine
  • William A. Neal MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, WVU
  • Lesley A. Cottrell West Virginia University
  • Christa L. Ice West Virginia University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v12i2.71

Abstract

The purpose of this cross-sectional descriptive study was to examine the accuracy of parental perception of their child’s weight status and describe characteristics of those who accurately and inaccurately perceive their child’s weight status.  This study utilized data from the CARDIAC project which spanned from 2006-2009. Chi-square analysis was used to determine relationships between parental perception of their child’s weight status and the child’s actual weight status.  Results indicate that parents have a higher level of accurate parental perception of their child’s weight status than in previous studies. 

Author Biographies

Jill D Cochran, West Virginia school of Osteopathic Medicine

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Science

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Lewisburg, WV  24901

William A. Neal, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, WVU

William A. Neal, MD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

West Virginia University School of Medicine

Morgantown, WV

Lesley A. Cottrell, West Virginia University

 

Lesley Cottrell, PhD

Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics

West Virginia University School of Medicine

Morgantown, WV

Christa L. Ice, West Virginia University

Christina Ice, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics

School of Public Health

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

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2012-06-13

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