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Associations between child emotional eating and general parenting style, feeding practices, and parent psychopathology.
Appetite. 2014 Sep; 80:35-40.A

Abstract

Emotional eating is the tendency to eat in response to negative emotions. Prior research has identified a relationship between parenting style and child emotional eating, but this has not been examined in clinical samples. Furthermore, the relationship between specific parenting practices (e.g., parent feeding practices) and child emotional eating has not yet been investigated. The current study examined relationships between child emotional eating and both general and specific parenting constructs as well as maternal symptoms of depression and binge eating among a treatment-seeking sample of overweight children. Participants included 106 mother-child dyads who attended a baseline assessment for enrollment in a behavioral intervention for overeating. Ages of children ranged from 8 to 12 years old. Mothers completed self-report measures of their child's emotional eating behavior, their own feeding practices, and symptoms of depression and binge eating. Children completed a self-report measure of their mothers' general parenting style. A stepwise regression analysis was conducted to identify the parent variable that was most strongly related to child emotional eating, controlling for child age and gender. Emotional feeding behavior (i.e., a tendency to offer food to soothe a child's negative emotions) was the parent factor most significantly related to child emotional eating. Findings suggest that emotional feeding practices in parents may be related to emotional eating in children. Treatment with overweight children who engage in emotional eating may be improved by targeting parent feeding practices.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA. Electronic address: abraden@ucsd.edu.Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA.Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA; Psychology and Neuroscience Department, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA; Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24780349

Citation

Braden, Abby, et al. "Associations Between Child Emotional Eating and General Parenting Style, Feeding Practices, and Parent Psychopathology." Appetite, vol. 80, 2014, pp. 35-40.
Braden A, Rhee K, Peterson CB, et al. Associations between child emotional eating and general parenting style, feeding practices, and parent psychopathology. Appetite. 2014;80:35-40.
Braden, A., Rhee, K., Peterson, C. B., Rydell, S. A., Zucker, N., & Boutelle, K. (2014). Associations between child emotional eating and general parenting style, feeding practices, and parent psychopathology. Appetite, 80, 35-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2014.04.017
Braden A, et al. Associations Between Child Emotional Eating and General Parenting Style, Feeding Practices, and Parent Psychopathology. Appetite. 2014;80:35-40. PubMed PMID: 24780349.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Associations between child emotional eating and general parenting style, feeding practices, and parent psychopathology. AU - Braden,Abby, AU - Rhee,Kyung, AU - Peterson,Carol B, AU - Rydell,Sarah A, AU - Zucker,Nancy, AU - Boutelle,Kerri, Y1 - 2014/04/26/ PY - 2013/07/14/received PY - 2014/03/17/revised PY - 2014/04/11/accepted PY - 2014/5/1/entrez PY - 2014/5/2/pubmed PY - 2015/9/10/medline KW - Child obesity KW - Emotional eating KW - Parenting SP - 35 EP - 40 JF - Appetite JO - Appetite VL - 80 N2 - Emotional eating is the tendency to eat in response to negative emotions. Prior research has identified a relationship between parenting style and child emotional eating, but this has not been examined in clinical samples. Furthermore, the relationship between specific parenting practices (e.g., parent feeding practices) and child emotional eating has not yet been investigated. The current study examined relationships between child emotional eating and both general and specific parenting constructs as well as maternal symptoms of depression and binge eating among a treatment-seeking sample of overweight children. Participants included 106 mother-child dyads who attended a baseline assessment for enrollment in a behavioral intervention for overeating. Ages of children ranged from 8 to 12 years old. Mothers completed self-report measures of their child's emotional eating behavior, their own feeding practices, and symptoms of depression and binge eating. Children completed a self-report measure of their mothers' general parenting style. A stepwise regression analysis was conducted to identify the parent variable that was most strongly related to child emotional eating, controlling for child age and gender. Emotional feeding behavior (i.e., a tendency to offer food to soothe a child's negative emotions) was the parent factor most significantly related to child emotional eating. Findings suggest that emotional feeding practices in parents may be related to emotional eating in children. Treatment with overweight children who engage in emotional eating may be improved by targeting parent feeding practices. SN - 1095-8304 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24780349/Associations_between_child_emotional_eating_and_general_parenting_style_feeding_practices_and_parent_psychopathology_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0195-6663(14)00182-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -