254406 Turn off the TV and Dance! Participation in Culturally Tailored School Based Health Interventions: Implications for Obesity Prevention among Mexican Immigrant Children

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 12:50 PM - 1:10 PM

Kathryn Azevedo, PhD , Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Los Altos, CA
The purpose of this study was to identify facilitators and barriers to participation in a folkloric dance and screen time reduction program designed for 7-11 year old Latina girls and their families and to discuss potential applications of findings for obesity prevention intervention design. The study was conducted in Redwood City, California, among 40 parent and 43 child participants. Quantitative data analysis of 470 pages of narrative transcripts was done using NVivo software 8.0 and the Spradley ethnographic method. Spearman's rank correlation coefficients were calculated for the relationships between the emergent domains and participation data using two intervals of participation. Results revealed that sustained participation was most strongly influenced by parent perceptions of “perceived gains” in their children: better self esteem, confidence, improved attitude, improved grades etc. Parents reporting these gains showed a positive correlation with mean attendance data (r= .45, p=.003). Alternatively, if a parent reported “discomfort” subthemes, such as child bullying, participation in the interventions was negatively associated with attendance (r= -.38, p=.02). Our findings suggest that prevention interventions that are family-centered, school-based, community oriented, and focus on tangible short term gains in children may generate solid participation rates, enhance social capital and community empowerment among Spanish speaking families.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Define a culturally tailored health intervention 2. Name 3 guidelines for designing an obesity prevention intervention for Latina youth 3. Describe how folkloric dance and TV reduction can be incorporated into health and wellness programs designed for the Latino community.

Keywords: Obesity, Behavioral Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the project director of Stanford ECHALE and I received a supplemental NIH grant to conduct this evaluation research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.