Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Clark, Kim

Second Advisor

Chen-Maynard, Dorothy

Third Advisor

Hinkleman, Lorrie


Investigates parental perceptions of overweight or obese children who receive services from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program in San Bernardino County, California. Study design was based on a qualitative ethnographic interview technique in which a moderator guided between 6-12 individuals through a discussion of a particular topic. Results indicate that the parents interviewed were highly concerned with the health of their children and family, but do not perceive their child to be at an immediate health risk. In addition, most felt their children's weight to be "normal" in spite of any physical findings that suggested otherwise.