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Title: Predictors of paternal and maternal controlling feeding practices with 2- to 5-year-old children
Authors: Haycraft, Emma
Blissett, Jacqueline
Keywords: Child feeding
Pressure to eat
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier © Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
Citation: HAYCRAFT, E. and BLISSET, J., 2011. Predictors of paternal and maternal controlling feeding practices with 2- to 5-year-old children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44 (5), pp. 390-97
Abstract: Objective This study aimed to identify predictors of controlling feeding practices in both mothers and fathers of young children. Design Cross-sectional, questionnaire design. Setting Nursery schools within the United Kingdom recruited participants. Participants Ninety-six mothers and fathers comprising 48 mother-father pairs of male and female children aged 2 to 5 years. Main Outcome Measures Parents' child feeding practices, eating psychopathology, general mental health symptomology, and their children's eating behaviors and temperament. Analysis Preliminary correlations; stepwise regressions. Results Maternal controlling feeding was predicted by children's eating behaviors (emotional over- and undereating), child temperament (sociability), and maternal general mental health symptoms. Paternal reports of children's eating behaviors (slow eating and emotional undereating) were the only significant predictors of fathers' controlling feeding practices. Conclusions and Implications Mothers' and fathers' feeding practices seem to be better linked to child characteristics than to the presence of eating psychopathology symptoms. Children's emotional eating predicted all 3 controlling feeding practices in mothers and warrants further study to elucidate the causal nature of this relationship.
Description: This article was published in the serial, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior [Elsevier © Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2010.03.001
Version: Submitted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2010.03.001
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/11243
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2010.03.001
ISSN: 1499-4046
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