Hassle free mealtimes triple p: a randomised controlled trial of a brief parenting group for childhood mealtime difficulties

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Morawska, Alina, Adamson, Michelle, Hinchcliffe, Kaitlin and Adams, Tracey. 2014. "Hassle free mealtimes triple p: a randomised controlled trial of a brief parenting group for childhood mealtime difficulties." Behaviour Research and Therapy. 53 (1), pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2013.11.007
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Hassle free mealtimes triple p: a randomised controlled trial of a brief parenting group for childhood mealtime difficulties

ERA Journal ID6142
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMorawska, Alina (Author), Adamson, Michelle (Author), Hinchcliffe, Kaitlin (Author) and Adams, Tracey (Author)
Journal TitleBehaviour Research and Therapy
Journal Citation53 (1), pp. 1-9
Number of Pages9
Year2014
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISSN0005-7967
1873-622X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2013.11.007
Abstract

Mealtime difficulties are common in typically developing young children. Easily accessible, wide-reaching, early intervention is needed to meet demand for assistance, and prevent the development of more serious feeding and psychosocial problems. Behavioural parent training is an efficacious intervention for childhood mealtime problems, however, existing programmes are long, intensive, and costly. The current study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a brief parenting discussion group for young children's mealtime difficulties. Eighty-six parents of 2- to 5-year-old children with mealtime difficulties participated in a randomised controlled trial of Hassle Free Mealtimes Triple P (HFMTP; Morawska & Sanders, 2012), a 2-h discussion group on positive parenting strategies specific to the mealtime context. Results of parent-report measures showed that after intervention, there were significant improvements with large effect sizes in children's mealtime behaviour, parents' mealtime practices and cognitions, and both mealtime and general parenting confidence, compared to a waitlist control group. Parents also reported high satisfaction with the programme and effects were maintained at 6-month follow-up. These results support the efficacy of a brief parenting discussion group for childhood mealtime difficulties. This low intensity format of intervention has the potential to meet the high demand for assistance with young children's mealtime difficulties.

Keywordsbehavior therapy; child; child nutrition; child parent relation; brief intervention; child behaviour; mealtime; parenting
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420303. Family care
520402. Decision making
520199. Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
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School of Psychology and Counselling
School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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