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"You’re not leaving the table until you’re finished": Problem Eating Behaviours and Mother-Child Conflict during Early and Middle Childhood

Gilmore, Linda (2006) "You’re not leaving the table until you’re finished": Problem Eating Behaviours and Mother-Child Conflict during Early and Middle Childhood. In Katsikitis, Mary (Ed.) Psychology Bridging the Tasman: Science, Culture & Practice, 26-30 September 2006, Auckland, NZ.

Abstract

In Australia, there is increasing concern about the prevalence of childhood obesity and adolescent eating disorders. Despite evidence that maladaptive eating behaviours may have their roots in the early years of childhood, there appears to be no comprehensive research from non-clinical samples about the range of young children’s eating behaviours and the ways in which parents typically deal with issues related to children’s eating. The present study investigated eating behaviour in normative samples of children aged 2-4 years (n = 304) and 7-9 years (n = 319). Mothers completed a questionnaire about their child’s eating behaviour (e.g., amount and range of foods eaten, enjoyment of eating, pickiness, food fads) and described their own approach to various issues such as dealing with food refusal and using food as rewards. The results demonstrated developmental trends in many aspects of children’s eating behaviour. A notable proportion of children in both age groups displayed eating behaviours that caused considerable concern for their mothers. The implications for intervention are discussed in relation both to dealing with current mother-child eating conflicts and also to preventing the development of later eating disorders.

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ID Code: 6733
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: eating problems, child, parent, child conflict
ISBN: 0909881308
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:27

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