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Volume 16 Issue 3 (September 2011), Pages 457-674

Maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children: A grounded theory study (pages 626-641)

Objectives.  To develop a theoretical framework for understanding maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children.

Method.  Semi‐structured interviews with 12 mothers of overweight or obese children recruited via the paediatrician or local weight management group. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using Grounded Theory methodology.

Results.  Using Grounded Theory, a theoretical understanding of maternal perceptions of overweight and obesity in children was developed using the two over‐arching core categories of ‘Good mum/bad mum’ and ‘Resilience’.

Conclusion.  Results supported findings uncovered in previous research and also expand on these findings by offering explanations about the psychological mechanisms that may mediate maternal misperceptions of overweight.

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