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Georgia Southern Develops and Conducts Psychometric Testing of a Childhood Obesity Perception Survey

Caregivers can play a vital role in preventing childhood obesity and its health outcomes provided they have accurate obesity perceptions and engage in prevention strategies such as exercising with their child and providing well-balanced meals. Currently, public health practitioners are analyzing the role that caregivers play in childhood obesity efforts. Assessing African American caregiver’s perceptions of childhood obesity in rural communities is an important prevention effort.

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[Photo: Dr. Moya Alfonso]

This article’s objective is to describe the development and psychometric testing of a survey tool to assess childhood obesity perceptions among African American caregivers in a rural setting, which can be used for obesity prevention program development or evaluation. The Childhood Obesity Perceptions (COP) survey was developed to reflect the multidimensional nature of childhood obesity including risk factors, health complications, weight status, built environment, and obesity prevention strategies. The COP survey represents a promising approach as a potentially comprehensive assessment for implementation or evaluation of childhood obesity programs.

Development and psychometric testing of the childhood obesity perceptions (COP) survey among African American caregivers: A tool for obesity prevention program planning,” was published online August 8, 2016 in Evaluation and Program Planning.

Dr. Dayna S. Alexander, recent alum of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) was the lead author and Dr. Moya Alfonso, Associate Professor of Community Health Behavior and Education at JPHCOPH at Georgia Southern University was one of the co-authors.