CHErIsH Information for Parents, Caregivers and Members of the Public

Thank you for taking the time to visit the CHErIsH Study website.

What is the research about?

The aim of this research is to gain a better understanding of parents’ and primary caregivers’ experiences of feeding their children, and how best to support them to do this.

To do this, we are recruiting parents and primary caregivers of young children (0-2) to take part in focus groups (interviews with a group of people). The information and experiences you provide will improve our understanding of the barriers and enablers to infant feeding behaviours and following infant feeding guidelines and recommendations.

Why is this research being done?

This study is being conducted to provide information on parents’ and caregivers’ experiences and perceptions of feeding their child.

What will happen if you take part in this study?

You will be contacted by telephone by a member of our research team. If you are chosen to take part, a member of the research team will make contact to schedule a time and location that is convenient for you to take part in a focus group (e.g. your local healthcare centre). The focus groups will take about 45-60 minutes, and will be audio-recorded. Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided and you can bring your child if you wish. Depending on numbers needed for the study, you might not be chosen to participate, even if you are suitable for the study.

For further information or to take part:

If you would like to take part or if you would like further information about the study, please contact one of the CHErIsH researchers listed below at by phone on 0872691637 or click on the website Contact page.

Cork                                                                                              Galway

Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar                                                      Dr Elaine Toomey

Epidemiology and Public Health,                                         School of Psychology,

Western Gateway Building,                                                     Room 2058, Arts Millennium Building,

UCC                                                                                                 NUI Galway

Additional Information

This project is supported by the Irish Health Research Board (HRB) Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Award 2015 ‘Designing, evaluating and implementing a pilot complex intervention in childhood obesity‘. This is an interdisciplinary collaboration involving researchers, policymakers and practitioners from University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin and Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre.

Study partners:

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