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

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Abstract

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
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

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

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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