Community-based programs may contribute to Latino pediatric obesity prevention; however, attendance remains low. This study aimed to identify factors associated with Latino father/male caregiver attendance in family-based adolescent obesity prevention programs conducted as part of a randomized controlled trial. The study used cross-sectional data from 137 fathers in the program, involving eight weekly sessions to improve their children’s energy balance-related behaviors. Evaluation data were collected at baseline and post-intervention. Fathers in a waitlisted control group attended sessions after post-intervention data collection. Attendance patterns were identified using cluster analysis: consistently high attendance (50% of fathers), declining attendance (19%), and non-attendance (31%) clusters. Multinomial logistic regression was used to examine associations between attendance patterns and variables. Compared to consistently high attendance, fathers in the non-attendance cluster were more likely to have been assigned to the control group (odds ratio [OR] = 7.86, p < 0.001), tended to have lower household income (OR = 2.50, p = 0.098), and attended the program at a site where the program occurred weekdays (OR = 0.35, p = 0.094). Maintaining contact during waiting periods and providing sessions online or during weekends could reduce non-attendance by enhancing convenience for low-income fathers working multiple jobs.
de Davila, S. A.,
Peralta Reyes, A. O.,
Hurtado Choque, G.,
(2023). Factors Associated with Fathers’ Attendance in a Latino Family Obesity Prevention Program.
Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 11(1), 2.
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