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A Participatory Photovoice Study: Exploring the perceptions and experiences of traditional foods and the determinants of food choice among Six Nations youth

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Title: A Participatory Photovoice Study: Exploring the perceptions and experiences of traditional foods and the determinants of food choice among Six Nations youth
Author: Hanemaayer, Rebecca
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Tait Neufeld, HannahHaines, Jess
Abstract: This community-based study used Photovoice to explore the perceptions and experiences of traditional foods and the determinants of food choice among Six Nations youth. Participants (n=5, aged 15-22) took photos of their local food environments, including where foods were acquired, consumed, prepared, or shared, and participated in semi-structured interviews to share the stories behind these images. Thematic analysis was used to identify patterns in participants’ photo and interview content. It was found that youth had contextual understandings of traditional foods and a preference for these items despite limited traditional food consumption and knowledge. Environmental factors were found to influence participants’ traditional and everyday food choices including the influences of their home, school, social, economic, and ecological environments. In addition, individual determinants of food choice identified included: preference, nutrition beliefs, food skills, and time. Suggestions are made to reduce barriers to nutritious and traditional food choices among Six Nations youth.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17624
Date: 2019-11
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