Maternal correlates of preschool child eating behaviours and body mass index : a cross-sectional study

McPhie, Skye, Skouteris, Helen, McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina, Milgrom, Jeannette, Baur, Louise, Aksan, Nazan and Dell'Aquila, Daniela 2011, Maternal correlates of preschool child eating behaviours and body mass index : a cross-sectional study, International journal of pediatric obesity, vol. 6, no. 5-6, pp. 476-480, doi: 10.3109/17477166.2011.598937.

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Title Maternal correlates of preschool child eating behaviours and body mass index : a cross-sectional study
Author(s) McPhie, Skye
Skouteris, Helen
McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, LinaORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina
Milgrom, Jeannette
Baur, Louise
Aksan, Nazan
Dell'Aquila, Daniela
Journal name International journal of pediatric obesity
Volume number 6
Issue number 5-6
Start page 476
End page 480
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 1747-7166
Keyword(s) preschool
Summary To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate maternal child feeding practices, maternal parenting characteristics and mother-child interactions as cross-sectional predictors of child eating and/or weight within the one sample. Maternal pressure for her child to eat was a significant positive correlate of fussiness and a negative correlate of enjoyment. Maternal parenting warmth was associated negatively with child BMIz, while mother-child dysfunctional interaction was associated positively with child BMIz. Our findings suggest that childhood obesity research may be better informed by evaluating not just what mothers do (feeding practices) but also how they parent (parenting behaviours and interactions with their child). Longitudinal studies are needed to identify causal influences of parenting on preschool child eating and weight.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/17477166.2011.598937
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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