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Factors influencing parental engagement in an early childhood obesity prevention program implemented at scale: the Infant Program

Love, Penelope, Laws, Rachel, Litterbach, Eloise-Kate and Campbell, Karen J 2018, Factors influencing parental engagement in an early childhood obesity prevention program implemented at scale: the Infant Program, Nutrients, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 1-19, doi: 10.3390/nu10040509.

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Title Factors influencing parental engagement in an early childhood obesity prevention program implemented at scale: the Infant Program
Author(s) Love, PenelopeORCID iD for Love, Penelope orcid.org/0000-0002-1244-3947
Laws, RachelORCID iD for Laws, Rachel orcid.org/0000-0003-4328-1116
Litterbach, Eloise-Kate
Campbell, Karen JORCID iD for Campbell, Karen J orcid.org/0000-0002-4499-3396
Journal name Nutrients
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Article ID 509
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-04-19
ISSN 2072-6643
Keyword(s) childhood obesity
parental engagement
maternal and child health
research translation
implementation
infant feeding
active play
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
nutrition & dietetics
Summary The ‘early years’ is a crucial period for the prevention of childhood obesity. Health services are well placed to deliver preventive programs to families, however, they usually rely on voluntary attendance, which is challenging given low parental engagement. This study explored factors influencing engagement in the Infant Program: a group-based obesity prevention program facilitated by maternal and child health nurses within first-time parent groups. Six 1.5 h sessions were delivered at three-month intervals when the infants were 3–18 months. A multi-site qualitative exploratory approach was used, and program service providers and parents were interviewed. Numerous interrelated factors were identified, linked to two themes: the transition to parenthood, and program processes. Personal factors enabling engagement included parents’ heightened need for knowledge, affirmation and social connections. Adjusting to the baby’s routine and increased parental self-efficacy were associated with diminished engagement. Organisational factors that challenged embedding program delivery into routine practice included aspects of program promotion, referral and scheduling and workforce resources. Program factors encompassed program content, format, resources and facilitators, with the program being described as meeting parental expectations, although some messages were perceived as difficult to implement. The study findings provide insight into potential strategies to address modifiable barriers to parental engagement in early-year interventions.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu10040509
Field of Research 1111 Nutrition And Dietetics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, the authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30110180

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