Childhood Overweight Bias: Perceptions of Student Nurses within the Nursing Major

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621371
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Full-text
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Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Level of Evidence:
Cross-Sectional Study
Research Approach:
Quantitative Research
Title:
Childhood Overweight Bias: Perceptions of Student Nurses within the Nursing Major
Author(s):
Albargawi, Moudi; Treisman, Pamela; Snethen, Julia; Treisman, Ruth; Buseh, Aaron; Kelber, Sheryl T.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Eta Nu
Author Details:
Moudi Albargawi, MSN, RN, Beta Delta-at-Large Chapter, Eta Nu Chapter, e-mail: moudi@uwm.edu or msalbargawi@hotmail.com; Pamela Treisman, BS, RN; Julia Snethen, PhD, RN, Eta Nu Chapter, e-mail: julia@uwm.edu; Ruth Treisman, MS, APRN, Aaron Buseh, PhD, MPH, MSN, Sheryl Kelber, MS.
Abstract:

Purpose: To explore bias among student nurses within the nursing major regarding overweight children.

Setting: College of Nursing at a large Midwestern University in an urban setting.

Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted with students (N = 213) at the junior (n = 104) and senior (n = 109) levels of the nursing majors. Participants completed a survey regarding their perceptions of overweight children.

Results: A majority of the participants were female (79.7%), white (80%), and self-identified as ‘normal weight’ (74%). Overall, junior and senior students reported negative perceptions of overweight children (p= 0.119). Significant differences were found between perceptions of overweight children, with senior students identifying the children as “lazy” (χ²= 6.687, p= 0.035), yet junior students reported the children “like food” (χ²= 8.732, p= 0.013). A majority of students reported that overweight children had “no will power” (χ²= 1.162, p = 0.559), or “self-control” (χ²= 0.627, p = 0.731) and “overeat” (χ²= 0.709, p = 0.702). Students generally perceived that overweight children were “slow” (χ²= 1.09, p = 0.580) and “weak” (χ²= 0.550, p = 0.759). A positive perception held by both groups was that overweight children are “shapely” (χ²= 0.983, p= 0.612).

Conclusions: Responses indicated that the majority of students had misconceptions about overweight children.

Implications: Nursing educators could benefit from these findings, as it suggests a need to clarify students’ misperceptions about overweight children. Further studies are encouraged, to examine students’ perception about overweight children from cross cultural perspectives.

Keywords:
Childhood Obesity; Student Nurses; Overweight/obesity; Perception
CINAHL Headings:
Pediatric Obesity; Attitude to Obesity; Students, Nursing; Student Attitudes
Repository Posting Date:
17-Apr-2017
Date of Publication:
17-Apr-2017
Conference Date:
2016
Conference Name:
18th annual Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice Conference Improving Quality and Safety through Research
Conference Host:
Marquette University College of Nursing and the Southeastern Wisconsin Nursing Research Consortium
Conference Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Note:
This work has been approved through a peer-review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.

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dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePosteren
dc.evidence.levelCross-Sectional Studyen
dc.research.approachQuantitative Researchen
dc.titleChildhood Overweight Bias: Perceptions of Student Nurses within the Nursing Major-
dc.contributor.authorAlbargawi, Moudien
dc.contributor.authorTreisman, Pamelaen
dc.contributor.authorSnethen, Juliaen
dc.contributor.authorTreisman, Ruthen
dc.contributor.authorBuseh, Aaronen
dc.contributor.authorKelber, Sheryl T.en
dc.contributor.departmentEta Nuen
dc.author.detailsMoudi Albargawi, MSN, RN, Beta Delta-at-Large Chapter, Eta Nu Chapter, e-mail: moudi@uwm.edu or msalbargawi@hotmail.com; Pamela Treisman, BS, RN; Julia Snethen, PhD, RN, Eta Nu Chapter, e-mail: julia@uwm.edu; Ruth Treisman, MS, APRN, Aaron Buseh, PhD, MPH, MSN, Sheryl Kelber, MS.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621371-
dc.description.abstract<p><strong>Purpose:</strong> To explore bias among student nurses within the nursing major regarding overweight children. </p> <p><strong>Setting:</strong> College of Nursing at a large Midwestern University in an urban setting.</p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong> A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted with students (N = 213) at the junior (n = 104) and senior (n = 109) levels of the nursing majors. Participants completed a survey regarding their perceptions of overweight children. </p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>A majority of the participants were female (79.7%), white (80%), and self-identified as ‘normal weight’ (74%). Overall, junior and senior students reported negative perceptions of overweight children (p= 0.119). Significant differences were found between perceptions of overweight children, with senior students identifying the children as “lazy” (χ²= 6.687, p= 0.035), yet junior students reported the children “like food” (χ²= 8.732, p= 0.013). A majority of students reported that overweight children had “no will power” (χ²= 1.162, p = 0.559), or “self-control” (χ²= 0.627, p = 0.731) and “overeat” (χ²= 0.709, p = 0.702). Students generally perceived that overweight children were “slow” (χ²= 1.09, p = 0.580) and “weak” (χ²= 0.550, p = 0.759). A positive perception held by both groups was that overweight children are “shapely” (χ²= 0.983, p= 0.612).</p> <p><strong>Conclusions: </strong>Responses indicated that the majority of students had misconceptions about overweight children.</p> <p><strong>Implications: </strong>Nursing educators could benefit from these findings, as it suggests a need to clarify students’ misperceptions about overweight children. Further studies are encouraged, to examine students’ perception about overweight children from cross cultural perspectives. </p>en
dc.subjectChildhood Obesityen
dc.subjectStudent Nursesen
dc.subjectOverweight/obesityen
dc.subjectPerceptionen
dc.subject.cinahlPediatric Obesityen
dc.subject.cinahlAttitude to Obesityen
dc.subject.cinahlStudents, Nursingen
dc.subject.cinahlStudent Attitudesen
dc.date.available2017-04-17T16:38:41Z-
dc.date.issued2017-04-17-
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-17T16:38:41Z-
dc.conference.date2016en
dc.conference.name18th annual Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice Conference Improving Quality and Safety through Researchen
dc.conference.hostMarquette University College of Nursing and the Southeastern Wisconsin Nursing Research Consortiumen
dc.conference.locationMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USAen
dc.description.noteThis work has been approved through a peer-review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.-
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