Explaining the Dimensions of Social Support for Breakfast and Healthy Snacks in Students: A Qualitative Study

Bastami, Fatemeh and Ardalan, Arash and Zamani-Alavijeh, Fereshteh and Mostafavi, Firoozeh (2020) Explaining the Dimensions of Social Support for Breakfast and Healthy Snacks in Students: A Qualitative Study. resarch squre.


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Background: breakfast elimination as well as consumption of low-value snacks is ever increasing among adolescents. This study sought to explain the dimensions of social support for breakfast and healthy snacks among students. Methods : A qualitative research was conducted in Isfahan, Tehran, and Khorramabad high schools in 2017--18. Data were obtained from five focus group discussions and 35 in-depth interviews as well as semi-structured interviews with students of both sex, parents and school authorities. The data simultaneously analyzed using conventional content analysis in three stages including preparation, organization, and reporting. Prolonged engagement, maximum variation of sampling and member check were the enrichment factors of the research. Results : Three main categories emerged. First, family supports with sub- categories of family in the school programs as well as mother-sponsored support and family life patterns. Second, school supports with sub- categories of instrumental and informational support. And third, support of other community organizations with sub- categories of intra-department coordination and mass media. Conclusion : By providing exciting advocacy opportunities such as holding an exhibition and building families' confidence in the safety of school nutrition, school can attract family partnerships. In addition, promoting healthy eating needs multi-level supports such as mass media, municipalities, police, and the school's renovation office as well as the coordination of these organizations with health sector.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: samira sepahvandy
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2020 04:31
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2020 04:31
URI: http://eprints.lums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2438

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