Year

1997

Degree Name

Master of Science (Hons.)

Department

Department of Public Health and Nutrition

Abstract

This thesis examines the background to the Food and Families study, and interprets the findings of the study within a sociocultural framework. As a result, evidence is presented that acculturation itself is not necessarily a negative influence nor creates a poor health outcome. The appropriateness of some widely accepted health promotion conventions, especially when applied to nutrition in a cross-cultural context, is also challenged and the validity of some of the evidence on which this and similar studies have been based is questioned. Findings of this analysis have implications for health promotion practice.

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