Understanding parental health literacy and food related parenting practices

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    Health literacy, which relates to the acquisition, understanding and application of health information, has become an increasingly important public health issue, particularly where parents and children are concerned. Given that the home setting comprises a strong infl uence on children's diets, this qualitative study explored the concept of health literacy using parents' experiences with health information seeking and food related parenting practices. Semi-structured focus groups and in-depth interviews were conducted with parents, with children aged from birth to 12 years, in a low socio-economic region of South Australia. The results of this study indicated that there were a number of perceived barriers to accessing, understanding and utilising health information related to children's nutrition. These findings contribute to a broader understanding of how parents obtain and process dietary information and the channels through which they appear to be accessible.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)137-150
    Number of pages14
    JournalHealth Sociology Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


    • Dietary behaviours
    • Health literacy
    • Intergenerational health
    • Parental infl uence
    • Qualitative research
    • Sociology of children's health


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