Individual and Household-Level Factors Associated With Caregivers' Intention to Keep Their Child Enrolled in WIC

Chelsea R. Singleton, Jana Wichelecki, Summer J. Weber, Keriann Uesugi, Stephanie Bess, La Shon Reese, Leilah Siegel, Angela Odoms-Young

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Abstract

Objective: Identify factors associated with caregivers’ intention to keep their child enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program until age 5 years. Methods: Baseline data from a longitudinal questionnaire aiming to assess the impact of a statewide intervention to increase WIC retention in Illinois were analyzed in 2018. Data on sociodemographics and household characteristics were collected in 2015 from 174 caregiver/child dyads. Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with caregivers’ intention to keep their child enrolled in WIC until age 5 years (ie, intention). Results: A total of 66% of caregivers stated they were very likely to keep their child enrolled in the WIC program. Breastfeeding and homeownership status were associated with 58% (P =.03) and 72% (P =.02) lower odds of intention among caregivers, respectively. Conclusions and Implications: Significant inverse associations among breastfeeding, homeownership, and intention support the need for tailoring state-level WIC retention efforts to specific population characteristics and health behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-163
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • WIC
  • breastfeeding
  • child
  • food assistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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