Qualitative methods are powerful for studying populations whose practices and behaviors have been largely excluded from or undervalued in public health research. Positive deviance is an approach to program development, evaluation and research which leads to asset-based solutions and messages that come from within and build upon the strengths of communities. It’s been used across the globe to identify low-cost, easily accessible health interventions using community-engaged methods.
As we further explore the positive deviance research approach with Dr. de Brito, attendees at this workshop will learn how to
1. Describe the prevalence of childhood obesity in the U.S and which populations are disproportionately affected by childhood obesity;
2. Explain the relationship between parent feeding practices and weight outcomes in children;
3. Define the positive deviance approach to childhood obesity;
4. Describe how the positive deviance approach to childhood obesity can be used in epidemiological investigations.