Parenting behaviors and nutrition in children with leukemia

Williams, Lauren Kendrea, Lamb, Karen Elaine and McCarthy, Maria Catherine 2015, Parenting behaviors and nutrition in children with leukemia, Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 279-290, doi: 10.1007/s10880-015-9429-4.

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Title Parenting behaviors and nutrition in children with leukemia
Author(s) Williams, Lauren Kendrea
Lamb, Karen ElaineORCID iD for Lamb, Karen Elaine
McCarthy, Maria Catherine
Journal name Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 279
End page 290
Total pages 12
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 1068-9583
Keyword(s) Cancer
Pediatric oncology
Summary The aim of this study was to examine whether parenting behaviors are associated with child nutrition amongst pre-school children receiving treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and to determine whether this association differs from that observed amongst a healthy population. Participants were 73 parents of children aged 2–6 years. The children were either a) receiving treatment for ALL (n = 43), or b) had no major medical history (n = 30). Participants completed psychometrically validated questionnaires that assessed parenting behaviors and child diet. Increased parental overprotection was associated with higher fruit and vegetable consumption for the control group but lower fruit and vegetable consumption for the ALL group. Parental overprotection, inconsistent discipline and emotional feeding were positively associated with non-core (“junk”) food consumption for the ALL group, particularly those who had recently received steroid treatment. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to show that certain parenting behaviors may be associated with poor nutrition during treatment for ALL. In light of these results, parenting interventions, specifically targeting parenting behaviors such as assertive discipline, may be a mechanism for nutrition promotion amongst this vulnerable group.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10880-015-9429-4
Field of Research 111403 Paediatrics
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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