Families and Society

Children as health advocates in families: assessing the consequences: Current project 

Widespread public concern with obesity means children are seen as advocatesChild advocacy 3 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?

  1. To show how children experience the public health call to become advocates for healthy eating in their families.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Project Team:

Professor JaneMaree Maher (Monash University)

Jo Lindsay, Claire Tanner, Deana Leahy, JaneMaree Maher, Jan Wright

Professor Jan Wright (University of Wollongong)

Associate Professor Jo Lindsay (Monash University)

Dr Claire Tanner (Monash University)

Dr Deana Leahy (Monash University)

Dr Sian Supski (Monash University) Project Research Fellow