The impact of the healthy children, healthy families curriculum on maternal food parenting practices

Laura E Otterbach, University of Rhode Island


Objective: To assess the impact of the evidence-based Healthy Children, Healthy Families (HCHF) curriculum on changes in positive food parenting practices (FPPs). ^ Design/Setting: Non-experimental pre/post within-subjects design. The study primarily took place at a free healthcare clinic (Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic) located in Providence, RI. ^ Participants: Mother-child dyads were recruited from the community (n=40) and completed baseline data measures for an 8-week group-based intervention, with 24 mother-child dyads completing the intervention. Dyads were primarily Hispanic, and of low socio-economic status. ^ Intervention: The 8-week, evidence-based HCHF curriculum/intervention was delivered primarily in Spanish to 4 separate groups of mothers by trained paraprofessional educators, or navegantes. ^ Main Outcome Measures: Mothers completed self-administered surveys pre/post which included demographic questions, seven subscales from the Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire, and the 16-item HCHF Behavior Checklist. ^ Analysis: Descriptive statistics and paired samples t-tests were used to analyze mother-child dyad data (n=40). ^ Results: There were significant improvements in positive FPPs, including modeling and involvement, (p<0.05). There were also significant improvements in several mother and child diet and activity outcomes. ^ Conclusions and Implications: Positive FFPs, and mother and child health behaviors improved after participating in an 8-week group based intervention. Community-based delivery of the HCHF curriculum is feasible and may be effective in improving food parenting practices as well as behaviors that contribute to childhood obesity.^

Subject Area

Public health education|Nutrition|Health education

Recommended Citation

Laura E Otterbach, "The impact of the healthy children, healthy families curriculum on maternal food parenting practices" (2016). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI10142173.