Fengyi Kuo, Michael A. Pizzi, Wen-Pin Chang, Sarah J. Koning, Aaron S. Fredrick; Exploratory Study of the Clinical Utility of the Pizzi Healthy Weight Management Assessment (PHWMA) Among Burmese High School Students. Am J Occup Ther 2016;70(5):7005180040. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.021659
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OBJECTIVE. Immigrant youth in the United States are at greater risk for weight management problems than non-Hispanic White youth. We used the Pizzi Healthy Weight Management Assessment (PHWMA) to capture data on health perceptions and weight management behaviors among adolescent Burmese refugees.
METHOD. We conducted a retrospective descriptive study of 20 Burmese refugee high school students.
RESULTS. The results captured an understanding of health perceptions and weight management behaviors of the program participants. The PHWMA was found to be a valid and reliable tool for use by occupational therapy practitioners.
CONCLUSION. Findings from this study can inform program development and evaluation in outreach efforts to enhance minority youths’ health and well-being.
Want to change (self-rated on a 5-point Likert scale, where 1 = do not want to change and 5 = strongly want to change)
Stress level in this area (self-rated on a 3-point Likert scale, where 0 = not stressful at all and 2 = very stressful)
Want to work on (yes or no)
What can be done to improve this area.
Minority youth in the United States are at risk for poor weight management and unhealthy behaviors.
The PHWMA is a valid and reliable tool that examines health behaviors, readiness to change, and the impact of weight on participation.
The PHWMA can be used to support health promotion through community partnerships to enhance the health and well-being of minority youth.
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