Childhood Overweight Bias: Perceptions of Student Nurses within the Nursing Major
Review TypePeer-review: Single Blind
Repository Posting Date2017-04-17T16:38:41Z
Author(s)Albargawi, Moudi; Treisman, Pamela; Snethen, Julia; Treisman, Ruth; Buseh, Aaron; Kelber, Sheryl T.
Author DetailsMoudi Albargawi, MSN, RN, Beta Delta-at-Large Chapter, Eta Nu Chapter; Pamela Treisman, BS, RN; Julia Snethen, PhD, RN, Eta Nu Chapter; Ruth Treisman, MS, APRN, Aaron Buseh, PhD, MPH, MSN, Sheryl Kelber, MS.
Lead Author Sigma AffliationEta Nu
Level of EvidenceCross-Sectional Study
Research ApproachQuantitative Research
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.
Conference Name18th annual Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice Conference Improving Quality and Safety through Research
Conference HostMarquette University College of Nursing and the Southeastern Wisconsin Nursing Research Consortium
Conference LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Date of Publication4/17/2017
NotesThis 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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