Childhood feeding difficulties: a randomized controlled trial of a group-based parenting intervention

Adamson, Michelle and Morawska, Alina and Sanders, Matthew R. (2013) Childhood feeding difficulties: a randomized controlled trial of a group-based parenting intervention. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics , 34 (5). pp. 293-302. ISSN 0196-206X

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Background: Difficulty with feeding is common during early childhood. Behavioral techniques have shown considerable utility for difficult feeding, although large-scale studies of behavioral parenting interventions with typically developing young children, and in group formats, are limited.
Objective: The current study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a group-based, behavioral family intervention for typically developing healthy children with problem eating via a fully randomized 2-group design.
Methods: Ninety-six families of children aged 1.5 to 6 years with feeding difficulties participated in a trial of Hassle Free Mealtimes Triple P (A. Morawska and M.R. Sanders, unpublished data, 2008) in regional and metropolitan Queensland (Australia).
Results: Results support the utility of a group-based behavioral parenting program for childhood feeding issues, with significant improvements to the mealtime and general behavior of target children, the mealtime and general practices of parents, parental confidence and cognitions, compared with a waitlist control. Six-month follow-up data and clinical and reliable change indices support the intervention's utility. Parents were also highly satisfied with the program.
Conclusion: The current study provides evidence of the efficacy of a group-based behavioral family intervention for mealtime difficulties, including observational and more extended outcome measures. Future directions and clinical implications of this research are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 22:48
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 06:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: feeding; mealtimes; parenting
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e3182961a38

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