Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type

Thesis (Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Public Health


Social and Behavioral Health

Committee Chair

Marian Levy

Committee Member

Kenneth D. Ward

Committee Member

Mary Lou Gutierrez

Committee Member

George Relyea


Childhood obesity continues to be a growing epidemic in the United States, particularly among minority populations. The underlying causes of this increasing trend are complex and include personal, behavioral, and environmental factors. Research indicates that parental influences play an instrumental role in shaping children’s dietary and activity-related behaviors. However, most of the studies conducted on parenting strategies and childhood obesity have focused on Caucasian families; thus research gaps exist in examining parenting strategies among minorities such as Latinos. Therefore, a cross-sectional study was conducted on 100 mother-child dyads in Memphis, TN, to understand the relationship between parenting strategies and childhood obesity in Latinos. A validated, culturally appropriate scale was administered to mothers, and children’s BMI was physically measured. Findings did not indicate significant relationships but give insight on future directions for research.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.