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Mothers' perceptions of Melbourne InFANT Program : informing future practice

Lunn, Priscilla L., Roberts, Sanae, Spence, Alison, Hesketh, Kylie D. and Campbell, Karen J. 2016, Mothers' perceptions of Melbourne InFANT Program : informing future practice, Health promotion international, vol. 31, pp. 614-622, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav004.

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Title Mothers' perceptions of Melbourne InFANT Program : informing future practice
Author(s) Lunn, Priscilla L.
Roberts, Sanae
Spence, AlisonORCID iD for Spence, Alison
Hesketh, Kylie D.ORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie D.
Campbell, Karen J.ORCID iD for Campbell, Karen J.
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 31
Start page 614
End page 622
Total pages 9
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1460-2245
Keyword(s) child obesity
first-time mothers
prevention intervention
process evaluation
Summary Intervention programs to prevent childhood obesity are more likely to be successful when mothers are involved and engaged. Yet programs that involve mothers do not often employ process evaluation to identify aspects of the intervention that participants enjoyed or viewed as useful. The aims of this study were to describe how participants of the Melbourne InFANT Program-an early childhood obesity prevention intervention-engaged in the program and perceived its usefulness. Process evaluation data were collected at multiple time points during and after the intervention, using mixed methods drawing upon both quantitative and qualitative data. Results from short surveys (n = 271) and interview transcripts (n = 26) revealed that the Melbourne InFANT Program was perceived as useful and relevant by most (82-93%) participants. The formats through which the knowledge and skills were delivered were considered concise and effective, and aspects considered particularly useful included group sessions and advice on practical strategies to minimize stress around mealtimes. Findings from this study are important to inform future practice and the development of interventions which are well received by participants.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dav004
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID NHMRC 1008879
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
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