Bringing dads to the table: comparing mother and father reports of child behaviour and parenting at mealtimes

Adamson, Michelle and Blight, Elizabeth J. (2014) Bringing dads to the table: comparing mother and father reports of child behaviour and parenting at mealtimes. Journal of Family Studies, 20 (2). pp. 118-127. ISSN 1322-9400

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Abstract

Problem eating is common during childhood, though much of what is known is based on maternal report. The current study aimed to compare mother and father reports of child mealtime difficulties and associated parenting, by surveying parents of normally developing 1.5-6-year-olds. Two samples were procured: the first, 110 mothers and 109 fathers of children with or without problem eating; the second, 44 mother/father pairs that each reported on the same child. Mothers and fathers of problem eaters, and those of non-problem eaters, did not differ significantly on reports of child behaviour, parenting strategies and cognitions at mealtimes in sample 1. These were parents of different children, though similarity between parents was also found in the reports of parents of the same children in sample 2. This similarity supports the role of both parents in assessing and treating problem eating, though additional studies with larger and more diverse samples are needed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 02:22
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 00:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: feeding, parenting, fathers, mealtimes
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13229400.2014.11082001
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26682

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