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Title: Parental perspectives towards sugar-sweetened beverages and polices: a qualitative study
Authors: Chan, JXY
Wong, ML
Gao, X
Chia, KS
Hu, S
Keywords: Health knowledge, attitudes, practice
Health policy
Oral health
Pediatric dentistry
Sugar-sweetened beverages
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2021
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Citation: Chan, JXY, Wong, ML, Gao, X, Chia, KS, HSU LING CATHERINE HONG, Hu, S (2021-01-01). Parental perspectives towards sugar-sweetened beverages and polices: a qualitative study. European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Purpose: This qualitative study aimed to understand parental perception of (1) sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and implications of SSB on health; (2) their role in shaping their children’s consumption of SSB; (3) the influences on SSB consumption of their children; and (4) potential government policies targeted at controlling SSB consumption. Methods: English-speaking parents of pre-schoolers aged 2–6 years were recruited. Semi-structured interviews based on the knowledge, attitude, practice framework were conducted, and transcripts were subjected to thematic analysis based on inductive approaches. Recruitment continued until data saturation was reached. Results: Twenty parents participated in the study and themes addressing the objectives identified. (1) There were misconceptions regarding the healthfulness of certain non-packaged SSB such as traditional remedies and juices. Some were unaware about the association between SSB and dental caries. (2) The need to reduce and restrict sugar consumption for overall and oral health reasons was well-recognised, but the extent of control varied. (3) Multiple stakeholders including pre-schools, grandparents and domestic helpers were involved in shaping children’s diet. Children’s sugar intake was also influenced by environmental factors, such as the ubiquitously available SSB, targeted marketing and high cost of healthy alternatives. (4) Participants were less accepting towards SSB taxation than the ban of SSB sales. Conclusion: Despite the awareness of the types of SSBs and the general/oral health implications of sugar consumption, misconceptions exist. Although most parents possessed the knowledge and attitude, this did not translate into the practice of reducing sugar consumption in their children. There was no SSB reduction policy that had overwhelming acceptability.
Source Title: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry
ISSN: 1818-6300
DOI: 10.1007/s40368-021-00648-9
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