Food allergy knowledge, attitudes and beliefs among Australian parents

Allan, Louise (2016) Food allergy knowledge, attitudes and beliefs among Australian parents. Honours thesis, University of Southern Queensland. (Unpublished)

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Childhood food allergies are increasingly prevalent with Australia having one of the highest rates in the world. Approximately 1 in 20 children exhibit allergic reactions to egg, cow’s milk, peanut, tree nuts, seafood, sesame, soy, fish and/or wheat. This study aimed to investigate food allergy knowledge, attitudes and beliefs in Australian parents of children with and without food allergy. This study also aimed to conduct a cross-cultural comparison between parents from Australia, the United States, and the Netherlands. Furthermore, predictors of overall Australian knowledge scores were investigated. The Chicago Food Allergy Research Surveys for parents of children with food allergy and the general public were administered to 463 parents of children aged 0-18 years with (n=274) and without (n=189) food allergies. Results indicated that there is no significant difference in food allergy knowledge between Australian parents of children with (M=15.26, SD=2.81) and without food allergy (M=17.61, SD=2.90). Attitudes and beliefs of Australian parents were varied with most acknowledging the severity and implications for the food allergic child. Overall Australian knowledge scores were greater than those obtained from the United States and the Netherlands. Parents’ exposure to food allergy awareness or training at work, but not child allergy status, parent, partner or spouse history of allergy or parents education level, was found to predict food allergy knowledge. Findings suggest Australians have a strong food allergy knowledge base with some misconceptions. Education is vital to ensure the safety of the food allergic child.

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Item Type: Thesis (Non-Research) (Honours)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Science (Honours) thesis, majoring in Psychology.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Adamson, Michelle
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 05:28
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 05:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: parents, food allergy, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520599 Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified

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