Sibling Eating Behaviours and Differential Child Feeding Practices Reported by Parents

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Amy Galloway Ph.D., Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the intra-familial relationships between parental reports of feeding practices used with siblings in the same family, and to evaluate whether differences in feeding practices are related to differences in siblings’ eating behaviours. Eighty parents of two sibling children completed measures assessing their feeding practices and child eating behaviours. Parents reported using greater restrictive feeding practices with children who were fussier and desired to drink more than their sibling. Parents reported using more pressure to eat with siblings who were slower to eat, were fussier, emotionally under-ate, enjoyed food less, were less responsive to food, and were more responsive to internal satiety cues. Restriction and pressure to eat appear to be part of the non-shared environment which sibling children experience differently. These feeding practices may be used differently for children in the same family in response to child eating behaviours or other specific characteristics.

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Farrow, C. V., Galloway, A. T., & Fraser, K., (2009). Sibling eating behaviours, differential child feeding practices reported by parents, Appetite, 52(2): 307-312. (Apr 2009) Published by Elsevier (ISSN: 1095-8304). doi:10.1016/j.appet.2008.10.009
Language: English
Date: 2009

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