Parenting styles and the dietary intake of pre-school children: a systematic review

Burnett, Alissa J., Lamb, Karen E., Mccann, Jennifer, Worsley, Anthony and Lacy, Kathleen E. 2020, Parenting styles and the dietary intake of pre-school children: a systematic review, Psychology and Health, vol. 35, no. 11, pp. 1326-1345, doi: 10.1080/08870446.2020.1743842.

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Title Parenting styles and the dietary intake of pre-school children: a systematic review
Author(s) Burnett, Alissa J.
Lamb, Karen E.ORCID iD for Lamb, Karen E.
Mccann, JenniferORCID iD for Mccann, Jennifer
Worsley, AnthonyORCID iD for Worsley, Anthony
Lacy, Kathleen E.ORCID iD for Lacy, Kathleen E.
Journal name Psychology and Health
Volume number 35
Issue number 11
Start page 1326
End page 1345
Total pages 20
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon-on-Thames, Eng.
Publication date 2020-04-07
ISSN 0887-0446
Keyword(s) Parenting styles
pre-school children
parenting dimensions
Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Summary Objective: The prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has been increasing globally, with poor diet a key contributor. Parents play an influential role over the food intake of young children. This review explores whether parenting styles (authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and disengaged) or parenting dimensions (warmth and control) are associated with pre-school children’s dietary intake. Design: Following the PRISMA guidelines, a systematic search of six electronic databases was conducted. Included articles were based on children aged 2-5 years and reported associations between parenting styles or dimensions and children’s food intake. Two independent reviewers extracted the data and assessed the quality of the articles. Main outcome measures: Pre-school children’s dietary intake. Results: Seven articles met the inclusion criteria. Six of the seven articles found evidence of at least one association between parenting styles or parenting dimensions and children’s dietary intake. Several different measurement tools were used to identify parenting styles (n = 3) and dietary intake (n = 6), with reliability and validity reported in varying ways. The quality score of the articles ranged from 33% to 58%. Conclusion: Overall, an authoritative parenting style or higher levels of warmth appear to be associated with healthier dietary intakes among pre-school children.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/08870446.2020.1743842
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Field of Research 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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