Hispanic parents of overweight and obese children and their outcome expectations for children's television viewing: a qualitative study

J Nutr Educ Behav. Nov-Dec 2013;45(6):718-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.04.263. Epub 2013 Jul 11.


Objective: Explore parental outcome expectations (OE) regarding children's television (TV) viewing among parents of overweight or obese children.

Methods: Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 20 parents of 5- to 8-year-old overweight or obese children.

Results: Parent's positive OE for allowing TV viewing were the convenience of using TV for entertainment or as a babysitter. Hispanic parents would limit children's TV viewing to improve their children's health, restrict content, and promote other activities. Negative OE such as children misbehavior and the loss of positive OE for allowing TV emerged as reasons parents may not limit TV.

Conclusions and implications: Although Hispanic parents expected to improve their child's health by limiting TV, the negative OE may prevent them from doing so. Interventions targeting children's TV viewing, as a strategy to fight childhood obesity, may be more effective if they promote parent's positive OE and address parent's negative OE for children's TV viewing.

Keywords: Hispanics; child; parents; qualitative research; television.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Family Relations
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Overweight
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Qualitative Research
  • Sedentary Behavior*
  • Television*