Body weight dissatisfaction and communication with parents among adolescents in 24 countries: international cross-sectional survey

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Show simple item record Al Sabbah, Haleama Vereecken, Carine A. Elgar, Frank J. Nansel, Tonja Aasvee, Katrin Abdeen, Ziad Ojala, Kristiina Ahluwalia, Namanjeet Maes, Lea 2011-05-04T05:45:48Z 2011-05-04T05:45:48Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Haleama, A., Carine, V., J, E., Tonja, N., Katrin, A., Ziad, A., Ojala, K., Namanjeet, A. & Lea, M. (2009). Body weight dissatisfaction and communication with parents among adolescents in 24 countries: international cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health, 9 (52). Retrieved from
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dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Parents have significant influence on behaviors and perceptions surrounding eating, body image and weight in adolescents. The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of body weight dissatisfaction, difficulty in communication with the parents and the relationship between communication with parents and adolescents' dissatisfaction with their body weight (dieting or perceived need to diet). METHODS: Survey data were collected from adolescents in 24 countries and regions in Europe, Canada, and the USA who participated in the cross-sectional 2001/2002 Health Behaviour of School-Aged Children (HBSC) study. The association between communication with parents and body weight dissatisfaction was examined using binary logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: Body weight dissatisfaction was highly prevalent and more common among girls than boys, among overweight than non-overweight, and among older adolescents than younger adolescents. Difficulty in talking to father was more common than difficulty in talking to mother in all countries and it was greater among girls than among boys and increased with age. Difficulties in talking to father were associated with weight dissatisfaction among both boys and girls in most countries. Difficulties in talking to mother were rarely associated with body weight dissatisfaction among boys while among girls this association was found in most countries. CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that enhanced parent communication might contribute in most countries to less body dissatisfaction in girls and better communication with the father can help avoiding body weight dissatisfaction in boys. Professionals working with adolescents and their families should help adolescents to have a healthy weight and positive body image and promote effective parent – adolescent communication. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Public Health
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dc.subject.other nuoret en
dc.subject.other painon kokeminen en
dc.subject.other perhe en
dc.subject.other kyselytutkimus en
dc.subject.other adolescents en
dc.subject.other body weight en
dc.subject.other dissatisfaction en
dc.subject.other family en
dc.subject.other survey en
dc.title Body weight dissatisfaction and communication with parents among adolescents in 24 countries: international cross-sectional survey
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011050410727
dc.subject.kota 314
dc.contributor.laitos Terveystieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Health Sciences en
dc.contributor.oppiaine Terveyskasvatus fi
dc.identifier.doi doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-52
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