Parent–child interactions and obesity prevention : a systematic review of the literature

Skouteris, Helen, McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina A., Milgrom, Jeannette, Baur, Louise A., Aksan, Nazan and Dell-Aquila, Daniela 2012, Parent–child interactions and obesity prevention : a systematic review of the literature, Early child development and care, vol. 182, no. 2, pp. 153-174, doi: 10.1080/03004430.2010.548606.

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Title Parent–child interactions and obesity prevention : a systematic review of the literature
Author(s) Skouteris, Helen
McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, Lina A.ORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Milgrom, Jeannette
Baur, Louise A.
Aksan, Nazan
Dell-Aquila, Daniela
Journal name Early child development and care
Volume number 182
Issue number 2
Start page 153
End page 174
Total pages 22
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0300-4430
Keyword(s) childhood obesity
parent–child interactions
mutually responsive orientation
public health
Summary Child obesity research has generally not examined multiple layers of parent–child relationships during weight-related activities such as feeding, eating and play. A literature review was conducted to locate empirical studies that measured parent– child interactions and child eating and child weight variables; five papers met the inclusion criteria and were included in the review. The findings of the review revealed that parent–child relationships are an important element in explaining the unhealthy trend of childhood obesity. We argue that prevention/intervention strategies must extend on the current models of parenting by targeting the family from a bi-directional perspective, and focusing, specifically, on the mutually responsive orientation that exists in the parent–child relationship.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03004430.2010.548606
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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