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Appetite. 2011 Dec;57(3):700-6. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.08.014. Epub 2011 Aug 30.

Parent- and child-reported parenting. Associations with child weight-related outcomes.

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Food and Nutritional Sciences, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Gate 13, Kintore Ave, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia. amanda.taylor@adelaide.edu.au

Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate associations of both parent-reported and child-perceived parenting styles and parent-reported parenting practices with child weight and weight-related behaviours. Participants were 175 children (56% female) aged between 7 and 11, and their primary caregivers (91% female), recruited through South Australian primary schools. Children completed measures of parenting style, attitude toward fruit, vegetables, and non-core food, and attraction to physical activity. Parents completed measures of parenting style and domain-specific parenting practices (feeding and activity-related practices) and reported on child dietary intake, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour. Objective height and weight measurements were taken from children, from which body mass index (BMI) was calculated. Child-reported parenting style and parent-reported parenting practices were uniquely associated with child weight-related outcomes, but styles and practices did not interact in their association with child outcomes. Child-reported parenting style was associated with child food and activity attitudes, whereas parent-reported parenting style was not associated with child outcomes. The findings of the present study generally support the recommendation of a parenting style high in demandingness and responsiveness for supporting healthy child weight-related behaviours, along with appropriate domain-specific practices. The child's perspective should be incorporated into research involving child outcomes wherever possible.

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21896297
DOI:
10.1016/j.appet.2011.08.014
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