Missed Work Among Caregivers of Children With a High Body Mass Index: Child, Parent, and Household Characteristics

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An underexamined consequence of childhood obesity is caregivers’ missed work attributed to child absence from school due to a health condition. This secondary analysis (N = 123) reported the frequency of missed work among caregivers of children with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 75th percentile and examined associations with select child, parent, and household characteristics. Caregivers missed work 1.3 (SD = 1.2) times in the past year with 41% reporting 2 or more times. A child visiting a health-care provider 2 or more times in the past year and parent perception of their child’s health as good/fair/poor were significantly associated with caregivers’ missing work 2 or more times in a year (OR = 5.8 and OR = 3.0, respectively). A significant association between children’s physical and psychosocial well-being and caregivers’ missed work emphasizes the school nurse role working with children with high BMI and families to address student absenteeism and caregivers’ missed work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Early online dateSep 12 2019
StateE-pub ahead of print - Sep 12 2019

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Research study reported in this manuscript was supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research under Award Number R01NR013473 (M.Y. Kubik, PI, the SNAPSHOT study, National Clinical Trial number NCT02029976) of the National Institutes of Health.

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  • BMI
  • elementary
  • missed work
  • school absence
  • school nursing


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