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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Committee Member

Patricia Alpert, Chair

Second Committee Member

Janice Haley

Third Committee Member

Michele Clark

Fourth Committee Member

Cheryl Maes

Graduate Faculty Representative

Chad Cross

Number of Pages



The worldwide epidemic of child and adolescent overweight and obesity continues to increase at disturbing rates. Unhealthy dietary practice is one of multiple causative behaviors leading to child and adolescent overweight and obesity. This behavior can contribute to short and long-term health consequences. Parents are modulators in the development of children's dietary behavior practices. It is recommended clinical practice that pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) assess readiness to change behavior in parents of overweight or obese children. The components of the Prochaska and DiClemente's Transtheoretical Model (TTM) in correlation with the counseling style of Rollnick, Miller and Butler's methods of Motivational Interviewing (MI) are proven to successfully assist health care providers in their assessment and treatment of patients and families through the stages of behavior change.

The purpose of this study was to examine the use of motivational methods, such as MI by PNPs to assess the readiness of parents of overweight or obese children to change their family's dietary behaviors, according to the stages of change proposed by the Prochaska and DiClemente TTM.


Family assessment; Motivation (Psychology); Motivational interviewing; Obesity in children; Obesity - Psychological aspects


Family Practice Nursing | Health Psychology | Nursing | Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing | Public Health Education and Promotion

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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