Parental influences on the diets of 2- to 5-year-old children: systematic review of qualitative research

Peters,J, Parletta,N, Campbell,K and Lynch,J 2014, Parental influences on the diets of 2- to 5-year-old children: systematic review of qualitative research, Journal of early childhood research, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 3-19, doi: 10.1177/1476718X13492940.

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Title Parental influences on the diets of 2- to 5-year-old children: systematic review of qualitative research
Author(s) Peters,J
Campbell,KORCID iD for Campbell,K
Journal name Journal of early childhood research
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 19
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1476-718X
Keyword(s) children
Summary Parents have a major influence on young children's diets, food choices and habit formation. However, research concerning parental influence on children's diets is limited. Qualitative research informs quantitative research with a narrative of 'what works' and is a valuable tool to inform intervention design and practice. This article presents a systematic review of qualitative research with parents of preschool children and their influence on their child's diet. Nine studies were identified. Findings highlight the need to promote culturally tailored programmes to combat specific cultural differences such as attitudes; perceptions and concerns; address common barriers to providing healthy foods and challenges faced by lower income families; the use of food to shape a child's behaviour; that children will grow out of excess weight; common misconceptions such as a heavier child is healthier and depriving a child's food request could result in starvation. Research on parental understanding of healthy diets and feeding practices is lacking. Further insights into how to positively influence children's diets will come from research examining parent feeding practices and nutrition knowledge. © The Author(s) 2013.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1476718X13492940
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
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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