School With Food Allergies: A Survey of Students and Caregivers

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 10: Health and Well-Being

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. become familiar with the prevalence of food allergies among the U.S. student population and common school-based approaches to food allergy management.
  2. learn about one sample of student and caregiver perceptions of school-based allergy management, particularly in relation to psychosocial facets of experience.
  3. become familiar with a brief framework for practice for school personnel guided by questionnaire insights in the current project in combination with research-based support strategies.


Food allergies have recently increased in prevalence, now affecting approximately two children per U.S. classroom (Gupta et al., 2018). Questionnaire data presented in this poster capture experiences of school-based allergy management among third through fifth grade students with food allergies and their primary caregivers in relation to perceptions of school policy and rules, sources of support, and emotional and environmental considerations. Implications for school counselors, psychologists, and educators are highlighted.



Sadie C. Cathcart, University of Massachusetts - Boston
Lindsay M. Fallon, University of Massachusetts - Boston
Stacy L. Bender, University of Massachusetts - Boston


Gonzalo Bacigalupe, PhD, Michael Pistiner


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