An observational approach to testing bi-directional parent–child interactions as influential to child eating and weight

Demir, Defne, Skouteris, Helen, Dell-Aquila, Daniela, Aksan, Nazan, McCabe, Marita P., Ricciardelli, Lina A., Milgrom, Jeannette and Baur, Lousie A. 2012, An observational approach to testing bi-directional parent–child interactions as influential to child eating and weight, Early child development and care, vol. 182, no. 8, pp. 943-950.

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Title An observational approach to testing bi-directional parent–child interactions as influential to child eating and weight
Author(s) Demir, Defne
Skouteris, Helen
Dell-Aquila, Daniela
Aksan, Nazan
McCabe, Marita P.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Milgrom, Jeannette
Baur, Lousie A.
Journal name Early child development and care
Volume number 182
Issue number 8
Start page 943
End page 950
Total pages 8
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012-08
ISSN 0300-4430
1476-8275
Keyword(s) bi-directionality
parent–child interactions
observational methods
childhood obesity
child weight
child eating
Summary Obesity among children has been on the rise globally for the past few decades. Previous research has centred mainly on self/parent-reported measures examining only uni-directional parental feeding styles and practices. Recent discussions in the literature have raised the importance of bi-directional parent–child interactions in influencing children's weight status. The aims of this paper are to highlight the importance of an observational approach when investigating positive bi-directional parent–child interactions during mealtimes and to outline how these interactions may be linked to positive child eating and weight outcomes. We examine the current literature on self-reported parental patterns and argue for the influential roles of responsiveness, affect and parental control dimensions within the parent–child dyad. Information about the ways in which the parent and the child can influence each other on these dimensions, as observed in parent–child interactions around food, is likely to provide greater insights into the aetiology of childhood obesity.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046608

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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