Psychosocial correlates of healthy beliefs, choices, and behaviors in overweight and obese school-age children: A Primary care healthy choices intervention pilot study

Diana Jacobson, Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk

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Abstract

The relationships among weight, mental health, social competence, healthy lifestyle beliefs, choices, and behaviors in overweight and obese school-age children (9 to 12 years) who were participating in a pilot Healthy Choices Intervention Program were examined using a descriptive correlational design. Results indicated that the children's weight negatively correlated with the children's self-concept, social skills, and, most importantly, healthy lifestyle choices. Their healthy lifestyle beliefs demonstrated positive correlations with their intentions to choose a healthy lifestyle. The children's healthy lifestyle beliefs and choices also were associated with increased cooperation and empathy behaviors. A positive self-concept was associated with decreased anxiety and depressive symptomology. These data support the need for health care providers to understand the psychological and social issues that overweight and obese school-age children experience. Cognitive behavior skills building techniques, such as those in the Healthy Choices Intervention Program, may promote healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)456-464
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Nursing
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

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Primary Health Care
Self Concept
Weights and Measures
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Healthy Lifestyle
Mental Health
Anxiety
Psychology

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Obesity
  • School-age children
  • Social competence

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  • Pediatrics

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Psychosocial correlates of healthy beliefs, choices, and behaviors in overweight and obese school-age children : A Primary care healthy choices intervention pilot study. / Jacobson, Diana; Melnyk, Bernadette Mazurek.

In: Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Vol. 26, No. 5, 10.2011, p. 456-464.

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