Date of Completion

6-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Grade 12

Keywords

malnutrition, child's diet

Abstract

This study follows a comparative-correlational descriptive finding that involved 100 parents, with children ages 7-12 years old, from Barangay San Agustin 2, Dasmarinas, Cavite. Data resulted that 87% of the respondents chose “Low weight for one’s age” as the most known indicator of malnutrition. The most perceived conception and misconception of malnutrition is “A proper diet helps prevent certain illnesses and helps recover from different illnesses” (mean=3.78) and “Malnutrition can only be found in children with fat or wide body structures” (mean=2.98), respectively. Results show that there is a relationship between the conceptions and misconceptions of parents on malnutrition and the diet of their child. The results garnered a value of 𝑥2(6.490 and 8.088507, respectively), which is more than the critical value of 𝑥2(5.991) at p≤ 0.05 level, 𝑑𝑓 = 2. It is observed that managing and controlling a child’s food intake can prevent malnutrition and that of a child’s health is dependent on the perception of their parents.

First Advisor

Jose Isaak Calamlam

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