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Child Care Health Dev. 2010 Jul;36(4):508-15. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01074.x. Epub 2010 Mar 9.

The Lifestyle Behaviour Checklist: evaluation of the factor structure.

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  • 1Parenting and Family Support Centre, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.



Childhood overweight and obesity have been identified as a significant global health problem, and have multiple health and socio-emotional sequelae. The family context and parenting behaviours in particular play an important role in childhood overweight and obesity; however, limited research has explored the relationship between parenting and child obesity. The aim of this research was to refine the content of a tool designed to assess child lifestyle behaviour problems and parents' confidence in managing these behaviours.


Content revisions of the Lifestyle Behaviour Checklist (LBC) were undertaken, and the psychometric properties were examined.


One hundred and fifty-six parents of an overweight or obese child completed the LBC, as well as questionnaires regarding child behaviour in general and parenting practices.


The results of this study support the validity of the revised LBC as a measure of parental concerns about weight-related problem behaviour, and provide evidence for a four-factor structure and strong internal consistency.

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