A Study on Adolescents’ Perception of the Family’s Food-Sources from Two Cities in South Romania

Glavce, Cristiana; Borosanu, Adriana; David-Rus, Richard (Articol)

“We report the results of a study involving 205 subjects (age 14-18 years), from two cities in south Romania. The main objective is to reveal some important aspects of the perception of the sources of food among adolescents. This perception is influenced by different factors such as the existing mental schemas, economic factors and the product supply from industrialized countries in the context of the social and economic transition in Romania. The results show a change in mental schemas in both cities so that the supermarket is perceived as a main food source by a majority of the subjects independent of the urbanization degree of the city and the family income or parents’ educational level. For the supply coming from parents’ households, our statistical analysis identified significant tendencies of differentiation between categories induced by family income, mother’s education or place of origin. The possibility to have a family-owned source of food, apart from its contribution to the strengthening of the family ties, represents in the actual context of economic transition a survival means for the population in the low income group in urban areas and a way of subsistence for the rural population. In the present social and economic context homegrown and organic food consumption is rather a consequence of economic survival than of the awareness of the benefits of this sort of nutrition.”

Cuvinte cheie: adolescents’ perception, Education, social-economic context, and sources of food

Annuaire Roumain d'Anthropologie

2015, Tom 52, p. 59-74