Parental influences on the diets of 2-5 year-old children : systematic review of interventions

Peters, Jacqueline, Sinn, Natalie, Campbell, Karen and Lynch, John 2012, Parental influences on the diets of 2-5 year-old children : systematic review of interventions, Early child development and care, vol. 182, no. 7, pp. 837-857.

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Title Parental influences on the diets of 2-5 year-old children : systematic review of interventions
Author(s) Peters, Jacqueline
Sinn, Natalie
Campbell, KarenORCID iD for Campbell, Karen
Lynch, John
Journal name Early child development and care
Volume number 182
Issue number 7
Start page 837
End page 857
Total pages 21
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-07
ISSN 0300-4430
Keyword(s) children
Summary During the early years, parents have a major influence on their children's diets, food choices and development of eating habits. However, research concerning the influence of parental feeding practices on young children's diets is limited. This paper presents a systematic review of intervention studies with parents of preschool children. The aim was to investigate the effectiveness of interventions that target parent nutrition knowledge and/or parenting practices with parents of young children aged two to five years in the development of healthy dietary habits. Seventeen studies were identified. Findings highlight the limited number of good quality studies in this age group. Limitations include design inconsistency and a lack of longitudinal data to evaluate sustainability. Research on parental understanding of healthy diets and specific parenting styles and feeding practices is lacking. Further insights into how parents can positively influence children's diets will come from quality longitudinal research examining both parent feeding practices and nutrition knowledge in this age group.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
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