Strategies used by mothers to feed preschool-aged children in a marginal urban area of Lima, Peru

Authors

  • Doris Delgado-Pérez Centro de Investigación de Bioquímica y Nutrición Alberto Guzmán Barrón, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Lima, Perú. Nutricionista, magíster en Nutrición
  • Reyna Liria-Dominguez Instituto de Investigación Nutricional. Lima, Perú. nutricionista, doctor en Ciencias en Nutrición Poblacional.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2016.333.2295

Keywords:

Feeding strategies, Preschool, Feeding behavior, Qualitative research

Abstract

This study explored the strategies for feeding preschool-aged children used by mothers in a marginal urban area of Lima. This qualitative, grounded theory method-based study included 30 mothers who participated in 1 of 4 focus group sessions and/or 1 of 11 in-depth interviews. Previously recorded in-depth interviews and focus groups were transcribed to identify the final issues. The mothers’ ages ranged from 22 to 42 years, and 60% had not completed a basic education. The children’s ages ranged from 36 to 66 months. The following positive strategies were identified: a) feeding when hungry and b) management of feeding opportunities. The following negative strategies were also identified: a) forcing a child to eat and b) use of punishment or reward to encourage complete food consumption. In conclusion, the mothers in our study cohort employed both positive and negative strategies to encourage food consumption in their children.

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Published

2016-07-26

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Brief Report

How to Cite

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Delgado-Pérez D, Liria-Dominguez R. Strategies used by mothers to feed preschool-aged children in a marginal urban area of Lima, Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2016 Jul. 26 [cited 2024 May 29];33(3):507-12. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/2295