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Food Security Experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families with Young Children in An Urban Setting: Influencing Factors and Coping Strategies

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Menzies School of Health Research, 0870 Darwin, Australia
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Department of Respiratory Medicine, Queensland Children’s Hospital, 4101 Brisbane, Australia
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Children’s Centre for Health Research, Queensland University of Technology; 4101 Brisbane, Australia
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Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University, 3168 Melbourne, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(12), 2649; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15122649
Received: 26 October 2018 / Revised: 9 November 2018 / Accepted: 21 November 2018 / Published: 26 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Addressing Food and Nutrition Security in Developed Countries)
Evidence on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ food security experiences and coping strategies used when food insecurity occurs is limited. Such evidence is important to inform policies that can reduce the consequences of food insecurity. This study investigated factors perceived by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with young children to influence household food security, and coping strategies used, in an urban setting. A qualitative research inductive approach was used. Data were collected through an iterative process of inquiry through initial interviews with 30 primary care-givers, followed by in-depth interviews with six participants to further explore emerging themes. Major topics explored were: influencing factors, food insecurity experiences, impact on food selection, and coping strategies. Food affordability relating to income and living expenses was a major barrier to a healthy diet with large household bills impacting food choice and meal quality. Access to family support was the main reported coping strategy. Food insecurity is experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, it is largely intermittent occurring especially when large household bills are due for payment. Family support provides an essential safety net and the implications of this are important to consider in public policy to address food insecurity. View Full-Text
Keywords: food security; food insecurity; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population; children; urban; experiences; coping strategies food security; food insecurity; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population; children; urban; experiences; coping strategies
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McCarthy, L.; Chang, A.B.; Brimblecombe, J. Food Security Experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families with Young Children in An Urban Setting: Influencing Factors and Coping Strategies. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2649. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15122649

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McCarthy L, Chang AB, Brimblecombe J. Food Security Experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families with Young Children in An Urban Setting: Influencing Factors and Coping Strategies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(12):2649. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15122649

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McCarthy, Leisa, Anne B. Chang, and Julie Brimblecombe. 2018. "Food Security Experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families with Young Children in An Urban Setting: Influencing Factors and Coping Strategies" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 12: 2649. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15122649

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