Widespread public concern with obesity means children are seen as advocates for change in family health practices. This study Child health advocacy examines how health knowledge taken home by primary aged children impacts on children’s well-being, family food practices, and family relationships. It investigates the consequences for children and families, with particular attention to diverse family groups and unintended consequences that may arise. It uses a multi-method approach including video diaries, and interviews with children and parents within families. Results will inform health policy and school health practices, and provide resources for those working with families.
Key Research Goals Interested in participating?
- To show how children experience the public health call to become advocates for healthy eating in their families.
- To explore family responses to obesity prevention education including physical education messages brought home by children from schools and how family relationships and interactions are impacted and changed.
- To make a major contribution to both critical scholarship on contemporary public health discourses and obesity-related public health policy and education, by building knowledge about how food consumption is occurring within family relationships and about how families can best be supported to achieve healthy living outcomes.
Professor JaneMaree Maher (Monash University)
Associate Professor Jo Lindsay (Monash University)
Dr Claire Tanner (Monash University)
Dr Deana Leahy (Monash University)
Dr Sian Supski (Monash University) Project Research Fellow
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