Revista INFAD 2012


Nº1, Vol. 2, pp. 253-262 doi:  en trámite
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¿Atendemos a la salud integral de los hijos? análisis de hábitos básicos de salud en menores de 9 años?

Rafael Ballester Arnal / María Dolores Gil Llario / Roberta Ceccato
/ Cristina Giménez García / Estefanía Ruiz Palomino / Beatriz Gil Julia . pp. 253-262


Family environment is one of the most important socialization contexts related to health in childhood. Even though the morbidity and mortality trends among children and their influencing factors are different, the influence of parents is still essential to acquire and maintain healthy habits. In this way, if we consider the increase of unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors, dealing with health in family environment is required. Hence, this research analyzes some healthy behaviors among children ranging from 4 to 8 years old, reported by fathers and mothers. For this purpose, 350 parents fulfilled the Questionnaire of Information, Attitudes and Behaviors of health-1st version (Ballester & Gil, 1999). Our results reveal a considerable prevalence of unhealthy activities, such as eating behaviors, sleep disorders or problems in mental health (self-esteem) which seems to be worse in older children. Therefore, the need to improve the study of healthy habits among childhood is revealed, but also to promote earliest preventive programs.
Keywords: child health, lifestyles, eating behaviors, sleep, mental health, health promotion.

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