My Eyes Opened to a Healthier Life”: An Exploration of Health Choices Made by Puerto Rican Mothers Living in Pennsylvania

Abstract: 

This exploratory case study explored health choices related to nutrition and physical activity made by 16 low-income Puerto Rican-born mothers living in Pennsylvania.  One-on-one interviews were conducted and triangulation of findings was accomplished through a bicultural assessment, the Puerto Rican Biculturality Scale.  Three themes were identified through content analysis: (a) "My eyes opened to a healthier life", (b) “Creating meals is more than just cooking”, and (c) “I know I’m supposed to…It’s just practicing is something else”.  The data revealed that maternal health choices were influenced by health concerns, blended families, food costs, and time constraints. 

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Knittle, Cynthia D.
Orshan, Susan A.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Centro Journal
Volume: 
29
Issue: 
2
Publication Language: 
English

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