Descriptive study of carers' support, encouragement and modelling of healthy lifestyle behaviours in residential out-of-home care

Cox, Rachael, Skouteris, Helen, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Jones, Amanda D., Gallant, David, Omerogullari, Stella, Miller, Robyn and Hardy, Louise L. 2015, Descriptive study of carers' support, encouragement and modelling of healthy lifestyle behaviours in residential out-of-home care, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. Early view, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12395.

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Title Descriptive study of carers' support, encouragement and modelling of healthy lifestyle behaviours in residential out-of-home care
Author(s) Cox, Rachael
Skouteris, Helen
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0003-1145-6057
Jones, Amanda D.
Gallant, David
Omerogullari, Stella
Miller, Robyn
Hardy, Louise L.
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number Early view
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng
Publication date 2015-06
ISSN 1753-6405
Keyword(s) obesity
out-of-home care
young people
Summary OBJECTIVE: Given the high prevalence of overweight/obesity among young people in residential out-of-home care (OOHC), and as their carers are in loco parentis, this research aimed: 1) to examine the healthy lifestyle cognitions and behaviours of residential carers; and 2) to describe resources needed to improve diet and/or physical activity outcomes for residents. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were collected from 243 residential carers. Measures included: demographics; knowledge of dietary/physical activity recommendations; self-reported encouragement/importance of health behaviours; physical activity/screen time (at work); unit 'healthiness'; and necessary resources for creating a healthy environment. RESULTS: Staff placed importance on the residents eating well and being physically active. However, examination of carer knowledge found significant gaps in staff education. Three key priority areas were identified to help build a healthy food and activity environment in residential OOHC: funding, professional development and policy. CONCLUSION: Carer knowledge of healthy lifestyles can be improved and they need to be well resourced to ensure children in public care settings live in a healthy environment. IMPLICATIONS: These findings may inform the development of ongoing professional development to improve carers' health literacy, as well as policy to support dietary/activity guidelines for the OOHC sector.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12395
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074108

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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