Factors influencing the food choices of Irish children and adolescents : a qualitative investigation

Title: Factors influencing the food choices of Irish children and adolescents : a qualitative investigation
Authors: Fitzgerald, Amanda
Heary, Caroline
Nixon, Elizabeth
Kelly, Colette
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5177
Date: 10-Apr-2010
Abstract: Food choices established during childhood and adolescence tend to persist into adulthood with consequences for long-term health. Yet, to date, relatively little research has examined factors that influence the food choices of children and adolescents from their perspectives. In this article, previous research is extended by examining developmental differences between children's and adolescents' perceptions of factors influencing their food choices. Focus group discussions were conducted with 29 young people from three age groups (9-10, 13-14 and 16-18 years). An inductive thematic analysis identified three key factors as influencing food choices. These factors included intra-individual factors: the link between food preferences and awareness of healthy eating; intra-familial factors: the role of the home food environment; and extra-familial factors: eating away from the home. Findings indicate that there were developmental differences between children's and adolescents' perceptions of factors influencing food choice. Among adolescents, parental control began to diminish and adolescents exercised increased autonomy over their food choices compared with children. To develop effective nutrition interventions, it is important to gather child and adolescent input regarding factors perceived as influencing their food choices.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright (published version): The Author (2010). Published by Oxford University Press.
Keywords: Children;Adolescents;Food choices;Ireland
DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daq021
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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