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Child Dev. 2019 Nov;90(6):e803-e818. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13110. Epub 2018 Jun 29.

Emotional Over- and Undereating in Children: A Longitudinal Analysis of Child and Contextual Predictors.

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1
Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
2
St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim, Norway.
3
NTNU Social Research.
4
University College London.

Abstract

Eating more or eating less in response to negative emotions, called emotional over- and undereating, is common in children, but research on the etiology of these behaviors is in its infancy. Drawing on a large, representative community sample of Norwegian children followed up on a biennial basis from 6 to 10 years of age (analysis sample: n = 802), child and contextual predictors (i.e., child temperament, depression symptoms, serious life events, family functioning, parental sensitivity and structuring) of change in emotional over- and undereating were examined. Results revealed that low (temperamental) soothability and less parental structuring at age 6 predicted increased emotional overeating at age 10 and that lower family functioning at age 6 predicted more emotional undereating during the same period.

PMID:
29959767
DOI:
10.1111/cdev.13110

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