J Korean Acad Child Health Nurs.  2012 Apr;18(2):60-67.

Perception of the Importance of Health Promotion Behavior for Infants and Toddlers according to Mothers of Children in this Age Group and Graduate Students in Nursing

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Kwandong University, Gangneung, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Cheongju University, Cheongju, Korea. myb98@cju.ac.kr
  • 4School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.
  • 5College of Nursing, The University of Iowa, Iowa, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was done to examine the importance of health promotion behavior for infants and toddlers as perceived by mothers of children in early childhood, and graduate students in nursing and to provide information for health promotion in early childhood.
METHODS
This study was a cross-sectional survey research study. The participants were 91 mothers of children in early childhood, and 115 graduate students in nursing.
RESULTS
The comparisons showed that graduate students in nursing reported higher perception of the importance health promotion behavior for infants and toddlers than did the mothers. In health promotion behavior, the highest score was in the category of safety.
CONCLUSION
Providing information by nurses is necessary to promote health promotion behavior for mothers of children in early childhood. Therefore, it is important for healthcare professionals to develop effective programs for these mothers who want to promote good health promotion behavior in their children.

Keyword

Early childhood; Health promotion; Health behavior

MeSH Terms

Child
Cross-Sectional Studies
Delivery of Health Care
Health Behavior
Health Promotion
Humans
Infant
Mothers
Child Health
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