Parents' food choice motives and their associations with children's food preferences

Russell,CG, Worsley,A and Liem,DG 2014, Parents' food choice motives and their associations with children's food preferences, Public Health Nutrition, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 1018-1027, doi: 10.1017/S1368980014001128.

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Title Parents' food choice motives and their associations with children's food preferences
Author(s) Russell,CG
Worsley,AORCID iD for Worsley,A
Liem,DGORCID iD for Liem,DG
Journal name Public Health Nutrition
Volume number 18
Issue number 6
Start page 1018
End page 1027
Total pages 10
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambride, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1368-9800
Keyword(s) Children
Food choice
Food preferences
Summary Objective The objective was to investigate parents' motives for selecting foods for their children and the associations between these motives and children's food preferences. Design Cross-sectional survey. A modified version of the Food Choice Questionnaire was used to assess parents' food choice motives. Parents also reported children's liking/disliking of 176 food and beverage items on 5-point Likert scales. Patterns of food choice motives were examined with exploratory principal component analysis. Associations between motives and children's food preferences were assessed with linear regression while one-way and two-way ANOVA were used to test for sociodemographic differences. Setting Two Australian cities. Subjects Parents (n 371) of 2-5-year-old children. Results Health, nutrition and taste were key motivators for parents, whereas price, political concerns and advertising were among the motives considered least important. The more parents' food choice for their children was driven by what their children wanted, the less children liked vegetables (β =-0·27, P<0·01), fruit (β=-0·19, P<0·01) and cereals (β=-0·28, P<0·01) and the higher the number of untried foods (r=0·17, P<0·01). The reverse was found for parents' focus on natural/ethical motives (vegetables β=0·17, P<0·01; fruit β=0·17, P<0·01; cereals β=0·14, P=0·01). Health and nutrition motives bordered on statistical significance as predictors of children's fruit and vegetable preferences. Conclusions Although parents appear well intentioned in their motives for selecting children's foods, there are gaps to be addressed in the nature of such motives (e.g. selecting foods in line with the child's desires) or the translation of health motives into healthy food choices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1368980014001128
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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