Obesity, child-feeding attitudes, and reactive eating : an intergenerational study

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Cosby S. Rogers (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Helen Canaday

Abstract: The present study was conducted in order to assess the relationships among levels of obesity/leanness, reactive eating, and child-feeding attitudes of a group of college women and the child-feeding attitudes of the students' mothers. The four types of child-feeding attitudes which were of interest in this study were those related to the use of food as: (a) a reward, (b) a punishment, (c) a soothing agent, and (d) an expression of affection. A 30-item Likert Scale called the Child-Feeding Opinion Questionnaire (CFOQ) was developed to assess these attitudes among the students and mothers. A six-item reactive eating scale was developed to assess the frequency and magnitude of anxiety-related overeating among college students. Triceps skinfold thickness measurements were used as an index of obesity/leanness among daughters. Subjects for the study included 221 college women and their mothers (Total N = 442). The investigation was conducted in Blacksburg, Virginia where the daughters were students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Language: English
Date: 1977
Obesity $x Psychological aspects
Eating disorders
Mothers and daughters

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