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Mothers' perceptions of toddler beverages

Rigo, Manuela, Willcox, Jane, Spence, Alison and Worsley, Anthony Francis 2018, Mothers' perceptions of toddler beverages, Nutrients, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.3390/nu10030374.

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Title Mothers' perceptions of toddler beverages
Author(s) Rigo, Manuela
Willcox, Jane
Spence, AlisonORCID iD for Spence, Alison
Worsley, Anthony FrancisORCID iD for Worsley, Anthony Francis
Journal name Nutrients
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Article ID 374
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-03-19
ISSN 2072-6643
Keyword(s) toddlers
sugar-sweetened beverages
Repertory Grid Technique
Laddering Technique
qualitative methods
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
nutrition & dietetics
Summary BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity among Australian pre-school children is a major concern with links to poor health outcomes. One contributing factor is excess energy intake. Sugar-sweetened beverages are energy-dense, nutrient-poor, readily available and have been implicated in the increasing prevalence of obesity. Furthermore, preschooler beverage consumption may develop into dietary habits that track into adulthood. There is little research on factors influencing parents' decision-making when serving beverages to their preschoolers, or on mothers' perceptions of preschooler's beverages. The aim of this study was to explore mothers' perceptions of commonly consumed preschooler beverages.

METHODS: The Repertory Grid Technique and the Laddering Technique methodologies were utilized in interviews with 28 mothers from Melbourne, Australia, to explore beverage perceptions.

RESULTS: A large number of diverse perceptual categories ('constructs') (n = 22) about beverages were elicited, demonstrating the complexity of mothers' perceptions when making beverage choices for their preschoolers. The five most common categories were related to health, sugar, dairy, packaging, and additives. Thematic analysis of responses from the laddering method identified three major themes: concerns about the types of beverages mothers would like to provide their preschoolers, the healthiness of a beverage, and the sugar content.

CONCLUSIONS: Mothers' perceptions of beverages are sophisticated and need to be included in the design of health communication strategies by health promoters and government agencies to influence mothers' beverage selections for their preschoolers.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu10030374
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
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