Is maternal nutrition knowledge more strongly associated with the diets of mothers or their school-aged children?
Williams, Lauren, Campbell, Karen, Abbott, Gavin, Crawford, David and Ball, Kylie 2012, Is maternal nutrition knowledge more strongly associated with the diets of mothers or their school-aged children?, Public health nutrition, vol. 15, no. 8, pp. 1396-1401, doi: 10.1017/S1368980011003430.
Objective Maternal nutrition knowledge has frequently been identified as an important target for nutrition promotion interventions. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether maternal nutrition knowledge is more strongly associated with the mother's own diet or that of her child.
Design Cross-sectional multivariate linear regression with interactions analyses of survey data. Setting Socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Victoria, Australia.
Subjects Five hundred and twenty-three mothers and their children who participated in the Resilience for Eating and Physical Activity Despite Inequality (READI) study, a cross-sectional survey study conducted in 2009 among women and their children residing in socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
Results In adjusted models, for three (vegetable, chocolate/lollies and soft drink consumption) out of the seven dietary outcomes assessed, there was a significant association between maternal nutrition knowledge and maternal diet, whereas for the children's diets none of the seven outcomes were associated with maternal nutrition knowledge. Statistical comparison of regression coefficients showed no difference between the maternal nutrition knowledge–maternal diet association and the maternal nutrition knowledge–child diet association.
Conclusions Promoting maternal nutrition knowledge may represent an important avenue for improving diet in mothers from socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods, but more information is needed on how and when this knowledge is translated to benefits for their children's diet.
Field of Research
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
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