Focus groups with working parents of school-aged children: what's needed to improve family meals?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To conduct focus groups to identify parents' perceptions of barriers to family meals and elucidate ideas to guide the development of interventions to overcome barriers. METHODS: Focus groups were conducted with a convenience sample of 27 working parents in urban community settings. RESULTS: Parents reported enjoying the sharing/bonding at meals, but they reported limited time for meal preparation and frequent multi-tasking at mealtime. They wanted their children's help with meal preparation, but they were concerned about the time and "mess" involved. They were frustrated with the limited range of food items their children would eat. Preferred program ideas included feeding tips/recipes, meal planning/preparation, and changing food offerings. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Findings indicate a need for creative programs and professional nutrition guidance to facilitate family engagement in planning and cooking quick, healthful meals; development of skill building; and increasing healthful food consumption.

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Cited Authors

  • Fulkerson, JA; Kubik, MY; Rydell, S; Boutelle, KN; Garwick, A; Story, M; Neumark-Sztainer, D; Dudovitz, B

Published Date

  • May 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 189 - 193

PubMed ID

  • 21367663

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3217335

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-2620

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jneb.2010.03.006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States