Benefits of Family Meals With Adolescents: Nurse Practitioners' Perspective

Sharon M. Fruh, Madhuri S. Mulekar, Heather Hall, Jayne Fulkerson, Anita King, Kenda Jezek, Linda Roussel

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Participating in at least 5 meals a week as a family can positively impact an adolescent's life. This study assessed nurse practitioners' (NPs') knowledge of family meal benefits to teens and the time they spent assessing and educating families regarding family meals. Results suggested that NPs were fairly aware of the benefits, with younger NPs more knowledgeable than older NPs; however, only a small percentage of time was spent on assessment and education related to family meal frequency and benefits. The more knowledgeable the practitioners were on this topic, the more often they assessed and educated patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Adolescence
  • Family meals
  • Health promotion
  • Unhealthy diets


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