Effect of Parents’ Meal Providing Behavior Promotion on Nutritional Status Among Underweight Preschool Children
Keywords:meal providing behavior, preschool children, nutritional status, underweight
The quasi-experimental approach used in this research was aimed at studying the effect of Parents’ Meal Providing Behavior Promotion (PMPBP) on nutritional status among underweight preschool children in a child development center located in the capital city of Chiang Rai Province. Sixty pairs of parents and their underweight preschool children were recruited. Thirty pairs assigned to the control group received normal intervention, while the other thirty pairs, comprising the experimental group, received PMPBP, which was the research instrument. The tools for data collection included a demographic data form, parents’ meal providing behavior data form, preschool children’s nutritional status record form, and meal provision record form. Data were collected during the period of July - October, 2019, and were analyzed by descriptive statistics and t test.
After receiving PMPBP, the experimental group had mean scores of W/A, H/A, and W/H p = .038, .515, .39 compared between pretest and posttest. The mean score of W/A, H/A, and W/H compared between = .036, .857 and .039.
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