Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Jocelyn Carter, PhD
Howard Rosing, PhD
This thesis examines the relationship between sociocultural appearance norms, environment, and health efficacy in shaping health behaviors and outcomes in mothers and their children. Childhood obesity is a serious health condition affecting US children. Factors related to the cause of obesity include poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and parent's perceptions and roles. However, given that children have little autonomy, it is of great importance to understand how parental perceptions and behaviors influence the health outcomes of their children. This thesis was conducted using quantitative methods. Participants were 120 mothers who completed survey measures of sociocultural appearance norms, health efficacy, and physical activity and health eating behaviors. The results of this thesis found sociocultural appearance norms to predict physical activity and health eating through the mediator of health efficacy among women.
Hollowell, Alescia M., "CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND THE SOCIAL DETRMINANTS OF HEALTH: A SOCIOECOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN" (2015). College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations. 125.