Event Title

Thai Student Nurses in the Clinical Major: Perceptions of Children who are Overweight

Mentor 1

Julia Snethen

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

29-4-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

29-4-2016 3:30 PM

Description

Background: Globally, the prevalence of children who are overweight has become an increasing concern, including in the country of Thailand. Limited information has been available in Thailand related to healthcare providers, specifically student nurses in different levels of the clinical major, perceptions of children who are overweight. Our study was conducted to explore similarities and differences in Thai student nurses in the clinical major perceptions of children who are overweight in order to gain insight into strategies for encouraging evidence based or positive perceptions of children who are overweight. Method: A cross sectional study was conducted with a convenience sample (N =187) of Thai junior students (n = 51) and senior students (n = 136). Participants completed self-administered surveys about their perceptions of children who are overweight. Results: Similar positive perceptions were found between Thai junior and senior students about overweight children (t (185) = - 0.852, p = 0.395). However, senior students had slightly higher positive responses than junior students. Conclusion: The findings from this study suggest that the Thai student nurses in the clinical major who participated in this study have positive perceptions of children who are overweight. However, the data from this study does not provide insight into how culture or academic preparation might influence the development of positive perceptions of overweight children. Further exploration of factors that influence or diminish the bias against overweight, such as culture and academic preparation, will enable the encouragement of evidence-based and positive perceptions of children who are overweight.

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Thai Student Nurses in the Clinical Major: Perceptions of Children who are Overweight

Union Wisconsin Room

Background: Globally, the prevalence of children who are overweight has become an increasing concern, including in the country of Thailand. Limited information has been available in Thailand related to healthcare providers, specifically student nurses in different levels of the clinical major, perceptions of children who are overweight. Our study was conducted to explore similarities and differences in Thai student nurses in the clinical major perceptions of children who are overweight in order to gain insight into strategies for encouraging evidence based or positive perceptions of children who are overweight. Method: A cross sectional study was conducted with a convenience sample (N =187) of Thai junior students (n = 51) and senior students (n = 136). Participants completed self-administered surveys about their perceptions of children who are overweight. Results: Similar positive perceptions were found between Thai junior and senior students about overweight children (t (185) = - 0.852, p = 0.395). However, senior students had slightly higher positive responses than junior students. Conclusion: The findings from this study suggest that the Thai student nurses in the clinical major who participated in this study have positive perceptions of children who are overweight. However, the data from this study does not provide insight into how culture or academic preparation might influence the development of positive perceptions of overweight children. Further exploration of factors that influence or diminish the bias against overweight, such as culture and academic preparation, will enable the encouragement of evidence-based and positive perceptions of children who are overweight.