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Mothers' Thoughts About What Their Children Eat

2014-08-27 03:15:11 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Summary:

- A few studies have explored the effects of providing parents with health information about their children. However, more information is needed about the relationship between awareness of health information and changes in behavior. This study will investigate the impact of health information on choices that mothers make about food for their children.

- Mothers with a biological child between the ages of 4-5 years old may be eligible for this study. Participants are recruited from the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

- In this study, before visiting the research center, participants will answer online questionnaires about their children's health and eating habits and their own health and eating habits.

- At the research center, participants will use a virtual reality model of a buffet to make food choices for their children. Participants will be introduced to the computer-based virtual buffet scenario as a training session to prepare for using the buffet during the experimental context. While in the virtual environment, participants wear a video helmet that allows them to see the virtual buffet scenario.

- After the training session, participants will watch an interactive computer presentation about a health topic.

- Participants will then visit the virtual buffet scenario again for the formal session, and will choose a virtual lunch meal for their child as before.

- At the end of their visit, participants will complete post-test questionnaires about their experiences during the experiment and other research-related information.

- The total time for the study is approximately 90 minutes. The participants' children will not be asked to take part in the study.

Eligibility:

- Women at least 18 years of age who have a biological child between the ages of 4 and 5 who has no major food allergies or diet-related health conditions, developmental delays, or disabilities. You may not take part in the study if you have a history of seizures and/or are pregnant.

Description

Purpose

This study will investigate the impact of health information on choices that mothers make about food for their children. Mothers will use a virtual reality model of a buffet to make food choices.

Mothers with a biological child between the ages of 4-5 years old may be eligible for this study. Participants are recruited from the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Study participants will complete two sets of surveys and one task. Participants will complete a web-based survey before coming in for a study appointment. When participants arrive for their appointment, they will watch an interactive presentation on health information. Next, participants will interact in a virtual environment and will be asked to select virtual lunch for their child from a buffet. While in the virtual environment, a participant wears a head-mounted video unit that allows her to see elements of the environment. Finally, participants will complete an additional computer-based survey. The total time for the study is approximately 90 minutes. The participants' children will not be asked to take part in the study.

Detailed Description

This study will investigate issues around the impact of health information on choices that mothers make about food for their children. Participants will perform tasks that include completing computer-based surveys, watching an interactive computer-based presentation about health information, participating in a virtual reality model by selecting virtual lunch for their children from a buffet, and completing a computed-based exit survey. As part of the study, participants will wear a virtual reality helmet and be immersed in a buffet where they will select virtual lunch for their child.

For this study, we are only recruiting women that have a biological child between the ages of 4-5 years old. You may not take part in the study if you have a history of seizures and/or are pregnant.

Study Design

N/A

Conditions

Healthy Volunteers

Location

National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda
Maryland
United States
20892

Status

Recruiting

Source

National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:15:11-0400

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