ISSN 2564-7784 | E-ISSN 2564-7040
Original Article
Comparing peer-led and adult-led education to promote a healthy diet among Turkish school children
1 Department of Public Health Nursing, Dokuz Eylül University School of Nursing, İzmir, Turkey  
Eur J Ther 2017; 23: 146-151
DOI: 10.5152/EurJTher.2017.49
Key Words: Adult-led education, diet behavior, diet education, peer-led education, school children
Abstract

Objective: The aim was to compare the effect of peer-led and adult-led educational models that deliver educational programs to promote healthy dietary habits among school children.

 

Methods: Pre-test and post-test design was used for group comparisons. The participants were 51 fourth-grade students. The data were collected with a socio-demographic questionnaire, the Children’s Dietary Self-Efficacy Scale (CDSS), and the Diet Behavior Scale (DBS). Descriptive, chi-square test, paired sample t-test, Mann-Whitney U test, Wilcoxon test and a Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) test were administered for data analysis.

 

Results: No statistically significant difference was found between the groups with regard to pre-test diet scores (p>0.05). After education, diet self-efficacy and diet behavior scores significantly improved in the adult-led group (p<0.05). No significant difference was observed between the groups with regard to post-test diet scores (p>0.05).

 

 

Conclusion: Use of an integrated educational approach that contains both adult-led and peer-led education can be more effective in the improvement of student’s dietary scores.

 

How to cite: Öztürk Haney M, Yeşiltepe A. Comparing peer-led and adult-led education to promote a healthy diet among Turkish schoolchildren. Eur J Ther 2017; 23: 146-51.

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