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dc.contributor.authorTartaglia, J.
dc.contributor.authorMcIntosh, M.
dc.contributor.authorJancey, Jonine
dc.contributor.authorScott, Jane
dc.contributor.authorBegley, Andrea
dc.identifier.citationTartaglia, J. and McIntosh, M. and Jancey, J. and Scott, J. and Begley, A. 2021. Exploring feeding practices and food literacy in parents with young children from disadvantaged areas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (4). Article No. 1496.

Early childhood provides an opportunity to optimize growth and development and parents play a fundamental role in forming healthy eating habits in their children. A healthy diet im-proves quality of life and wellbeing and reduces the risk of chronic disease. The aim of this research was to explore parents’ experiences of feeding 0–5-year-old children and food literacy behaviors. This qualitative study employed a general inductive inquiry approach. Participants were recruited through community-based parenting organizations in disadvantaged areas. Eight focus groups were conducted with 67 parents (92.5% female) living in socially disadvantaged areas within met-ropolitan Perth of Western Australia. Ten themes emerged from the preliminary analysis and were aligned with domains of relatedness, autonomy, and competence within the self-determination the-ory. Themes included relatedness (1) feeding is emotional, (2) variations in routine and feeding structures, (3) external influences, autonomy (4) power struggles, (5) it must be quick and easy, (6) lack of strategies for feeding autonomy, competency (7) whatever works, (8) healthy is important but for some unattainable, (9) improvements in food literacy skills, and (10) conflicting information overload. This research informed the development of a food literacy program for parents. Parents faced many challenges when trying to provide healthy food. This research has shown parents would benefit from support to achieve healthy eating practices for their families.

dc.subjectfeeding practices
dc.subjectfocus groups
dc.subjectfood literacy
dc.subjectfood parenting practices
dc.subjectresponsive feeding
dc.subjectself-determination theory
dc.titleExploring feeding practices and food literacy in parents with young children from disadvantaged areas
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

© 2021 The Authors. Published by MDPI Publishing.

curtin.departmentCurtin School of Population Health
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyFaculty of Health Sciences
curtin.contributor.orcidScott, Jane [0000-0003-0765-9054]
curtin.contributor.orcidJancey, Jonine [0000-0002-7894-2896]
curtin.contributor.orcidBegley, Andrea [0000-0002-5448-8932]
curtin.contributor.researcheridJancey, Jonine [G-1391-2013]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridScott, Jane [55338452100]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridJancey, Jonine [15071013100]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridBegley, Andrea [16416517100]

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