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Development of a Comprehensive Household Food Security Tool for Families with Young Children and/or Pregnant Women in High Income Countries

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posted on 2024-06-19, 15:17 authored by A Bastian, C Parks, Fiona McKayFiona McKay, Paige van der PligtPaige van der Pligt, A Yaroch, Sarah McNaughtonSarah McNaughton, R Lindberg
Despite increasing rates of food insecurity in high income countries, food insecurity and its related factors are inconsistently and inadequately assessed, especially among households with young children (0–6 years) and pregnant women. To fill this gap, researchers from the U.S. and Australia collaborated to develop a comprehensive household food security tool that includes the known determinants and outcomes of food insecurity among parents of young children and pregnant women. A five-stage mixed methods approach, including a scoping literature review, key informant interviews, establishing key measurement constructs, identifying items and scales to include, and conducting cognitive interviews, was taken to iteratively develop this new comprehensive tool. The resulting 78-item tool includes the four dimensions of food security (access, availability, utilization, and stability) along with known risk factors (economic, health, and social) and outcomes (mental and physical health and diet quality). The aim of this novel tool is to comprehensively characterize and assess the severity of determinants and outcomes of food insecurity experienced by households with young children and pregnant women.

History

Journal

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

19

Article number

ARTN 10543

Pagination

10543 - 10543

Location

Switzerland

ISSN

1661-7827

eISSN

1660-4601

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

17

Publisher

MDPI