The influence of social media on child feeding practices and beliefs among Hispanic mothers: A mixed methods study

Dina H. Griauzde, Edith C. Kieffer, Sarah E. Domoff, Kristen Hess, Susannah Feinstein, Amy Frank, Denise Pike, Megan H. Pesch

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Abstract

Objectives: (1) To identify factors that influence child feeding practices and beliefs among Hispanic mothers in a low-income community; (2) to describe the use of social media, other internet websites, and text messaging among Hispanic mothers; and (3) to explore mothers' perceptions of social media and/or text messaging interventions to prevent childhood obesity. Methods: Mixed methods descriptive study with a sequential explanatory design. Hispanic mothers (N = 66) from Detroit, Michigan with children between 6 and 36 months of age completed surveys regarding their child feeding practices, the source (s) influencing these practices, and their use of social media, internet, and text messaging. During qualitative interviews (N = 19), we explored mothers' use of social media and internet websites to find child health information as well as mothers' perspectives on social media/internet/text messaging interventions to promote child health. Results: Most survey respondents were between the ages of 20 and 39 years. One-third of mothers breastfed their child for >6 months; 68% did not introduce solids until their child was older than 6 months. The majority (96%) owned a cellphone; 75% used social media at least once daily. Few mothers indicated that social media and other internet websites influenced their child feeding decisions. During qualitative interviews (N = 19), almost all mothers expressed interest in social media and/or text messaging as a tool to communicate information regarding child health and feeding. Conclusions: Hispanic mothers had high rates of social media use and most desired social media/internet/text messaging interventions to promote child health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101361
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume36
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Hispanic
  • Low-income
  • Mothers
  • Obesity prevention
  • Pediatrics
  • Social media use

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