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

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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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13229400.2014.11082001
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Bringing dads to the table: comparing mother and father reports of child behaviour and parenting at mealtimes

ERA Journal ID13641
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAdamson, Michelle (Author) and Blight, Elizabeth J. (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Family Studies
Journal Citation20 (2), pp. 118-127
Number of Pages10
Year2014
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1322-9400
1839-3543
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13229400.2014.11082001
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjfs20/20/2
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.

Keywordsfeeding, parenting, fathers, mealtimes
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520199. Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Counselling
School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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