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Parham, Ellen S.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Home Economics


Children--Nutrition; Diet; African Americans--Health and hygiene


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of socio-economic level, age, education and household composition on the quality of diet served children in low income, Black families. The subjects were female parents 17 to 49 years of age and their preschool children. The parents were participating in two Child Parent Centers in Chicago, Illinois, The parents were administered a questionnaire to determine their income, educational attainment, household composition and food preferences. The quality of diet was determined from a 24-hr dietary recall, recorded by the parent, for a child three to six years of age. Of the 83 children's diets, 61 were evaluated as poor. The diets were lacking in protein, Vitamin A value, Vitamin C, calcium and iron. The quality of diet increased with higher educational attainment of the parent. None of the other factors studied had significant effects on dietary quality. It appears more information is needed about parent education, income and marital status in order to help improve the quality of diet served children.


Includes bibliographical references.


v, 47 pages




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