Parental Child Feeding Practices: How Do Perceptions Of Mother, Father, Sibling, And Self Vary?

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Amy Galloway Ph.D., Associate Professor (Creator)
Rose Mary Webb Ph.D., Associate Professor and Experimental Psychology Concentration Director (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Mothers are important contributors to the development of eating behavior in children, but less is known about the in?uence of fathers. The purpose of this study was to investigate family perceptions of parental child feeding practices. Seventy two-parent American families including a mother, father, and two bio-logically related children participated in the study. Participants completed parent and child versions of the Child Feeding Questionnaire that assessed perceptions of parental control in child feeding. Most family member reports were positively correlated, indicating agreement about the use of the examined parental feeding practices; however, some salient differences between the reported behaviors of mothers and fathers were uncovered. Mothers reported using higher levels of monitoring and responsibility than fathers. In addition, fathers and children reported higher levels of paternal pressure related to feeding com-pared with mothers. Mothers and fathers used more pressure and felt more responsible for feeding younger children compared with older children. One interaction revealed that older male siblings reported the highest level of pressure from fathers. Reported differences in parents’ use of child feeding practices suggest that mothers and fathers may have distinct interactions with their children regarding food. Paternal feeding practices are likely to have unique implications for understanding the development of children’s eating behavior.

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Amy T. Galloway, Rose Mary Webb, Lucinda O. Payne & Carol Pulley (2014) "Parental Child Feeding Practices: How Do Perceptions Of Mother, Father, Sibling, And Self Vary?" Appetite #80 pp.96-102. Version of Record Available From ( [DOI: 10.1016/2014.05.001]
Language: English
Date: 2014
Eating behavior, Child feeding practices, Parent-child interactions, family systems

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