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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV

Attitudes Towards Obesity Among Parents of School-Aged Children

Parentsí values and attitudes are often adopted by their children due to their importance as role models in their lives. The purpose of the study is to investigate attitudes about obesity, specifically the level of prejudice towards obese people among parents of school-aged children in Genesee and Monroe counties. The BAOP (Beliefs about Obese Persons) scale, an 8-item survey, will be administered to each participant. A snowball sample of convenience will be used. The first participant will be an acquaintance of the researcher. The survey will contain six additional demographic items asking parents their age, gender, ethnicity, education level, whether they have a child who has been classified as overweight or obese, and the number of children they have. Participants will be chosen from a sample of convenience. Inclusion criteria involve males and females aged 25-55 who are parents of school-aged children. Statistical analyses will be means and standard deviations and independent t-tests to indicate differences in attitudes based on age, gender, ethnicity, and whether or not their children have been classified as overweight or obese. Based on previous studies, it is evident that parents generally show a high level of prejudice towards obese people, and the data analysis of the study could reveal similar trends. These data can be used to educate society about the complex problem of obesity.

Presenter: Crystal Butler (SUNY Brockport) --
Topic: Health - Poster Session
Location: Edwards Hall Lobby
Time: 9 am (Session I)