Title

The impact of COVID-19 on rural treatment-seeking families with children with overweight or obesity

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2022

Identifier

DOI: 10.1080/02739615.2022.2041419

Abstract

To examine the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural parental stress and family behaviors, parents who participated in a 2nd-4th grade pediatric obesity intervention completed a survey in May 2020. Parents (N = 77) experienced 7.8 ± 2.7 events on the COVID-19 Exposure and Family Impact Scales (CEFIS) with an average impact of 2.5 ± 0.5, with many parents reporting moderate stress (73%). Parental stress was predictive of personal well-being getting “worse” while loss of income events were predictive of family routines getting “better.” Professionals working with rural families may want to assess for these factors when promoting positive changes in family health behaviors.

Journal Title

Children's Health Care

Volume

51

Issue

3

First Page

300

Last Page

315

Keywords

Diet; Nutrition; Physical Activity; Exercise; Stress; Coronavirus; SARS-COV2; Rural

Comments

This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (grant NR016255; PI Davis).

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