What do children understand? Communicating health behavior in a European multicenter study
Keimer, Katharina Maria
Fernández, Juan Miguel
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Background Diet and physical activity are important factors in the prevention of childhood overweight. This article stresses the importance of effective communication for health behavior. Methods Transcription, description and analysis of standardized ocus group discussions (FGD) in seven European countries using standardized questioning routes. Results Parents are well informed about health-related topics for children, but seem to have difficulties understanding their role in promoting healthy behavior. They mentioned health-related rules, but our results show limited communication between parents and children, and no follow-up of rules. Consequently, children do not understand rules about good health and do not follow them.