||5R21CA088827-02 Interpret this number
||Baylor College Of Medicine
||Familys' Web: Cancer Prevention for Daughters
DESCRIPTION (provided by investigator): African-Americans (AA) experience a
higher incidence of many cancers, and higher mortality rates than those of
other ethnic populations. Inadequate intakes of fruit, juice, and vegetables
(FJV) and high dietary fat have been associated with increased risks for
several cancers. Children's current FJV and fat intakes do not meet recommended
guidelines and national data indicate a decline in children's fruit consumption
through the school years. Families are an important component of the social
environment within which health related behaviors are learned and are
practiced. Two primary mechanisms of family influence on children's dietary
behaviors are direct modeling and authoritative parenting of dietary behaviors.
This proposal will test the feasibility of a parent targeted intervention
program on parent modeling and authoritative parenting practices, delivered via
the internet, for a target group of AA parents of 9-12 year old daughters, to
promote increased preferences for fruit, juice, vegetables, and low fat foods.
The control group will receive a knowledge-based "Eat 5 A day" message, while
the treatment group will receive the knowledge-based message plus a tailored
modeling and authoritative parenting practices intervention, with pre, post,
and follow up assessments of the process evaluation and mediating psychosocial
measures. The internet will be also be utilized to collect the data. Use of the
internet is designed to minimize problems of low participation. In phase 1 of
this research, focus groups will be conducted for the development and
pre-assessment of the intervention, and of the psychosocial measures. The
process evaluation of the intervention with participants recruited from 12 AA
churches (12 parent-daughter pairs per church) will take place during phase 2.
Church will be the unit of assignment and analysis. An internet delivered
intervention targeting family mechanisms is an innovative approach for
children's dietary behavior change. This feasibility or pilot study will
provide the foundation for a full scale intervention focused on dietary change.