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Fathers' attachment representations and infant feeding practices.
Appetite. 2019 11 01; 142:104374.A

Abstract

This study examined how fathers' adult attachment representations, assessed before the birth of their first child, predict feeding practices with their 8-month-old infants. Fathers have been underrepresented in child feeding research, particularly in longitudinal and observational studies. Feeding is a key parenting task of infancy and a growing number of studies have begun to explore the connection between attachment and parental feeding practices and behavior, revealing a clear link between mothers' adult attachment and how they feed their children. This is the first longitudinal examination of attachment as a prenatal predictor of fathers' infant feeding behavior. Participants were 118 first-time fathers and their infants. Adult Attachment Interviews were conducted in the third trimester of pregnancy, and father-infant feeding interactions were observed at home when the infant was 8-months-old. Videotaped feedings were coded using Chatoor's Feeding Scale (1997). Compared to other fathers, (1) those with secure attachment representations were more attuned to their infants during feeding, (2) those with dismissing representations were less attuned, and (3) those with unresolved trauma displayed more controlling behaviors. Fathers were more controlling with their sons than their daughters across all attachment representations. Study results suggest that father's infant feeding behaviors may influence by their own attachment representations. The links to fathers' controlling feeding practices are noteworthy because of the negative implications controlling parental feeding practices can have on child outcomes. The prediction of paternal feeding behaviors from assessments conducted prenatally has important intervention implications.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Cambridge, Public Health & Primary Care, UK. Electronic address: reisz@utexas.edu.University of Texas at Austin, Human Development & Family Sciences, USA.University of Texas at Austin, Human Development & Family Sciences, USA.University of Cambridge, Public Health & Primary Care, UK.University of Texas at Austin, Human Development & Family Sciences, USA.University of Texas at Austin, Human Development & Family Sciences, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Evaluation Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31344420

Citation

Reisz, Samantha, et al. "Fathers' Attachment Representations and Infant Feeding Practices." Appetite, vol. 142, 2019, p. 104374.
Reisz S, Aviles AI, Messina S, et al. Fathers' attachment representations and infant feeding practices. Appetite. 2019;142:104374.
Reisz, S., Aviles, A. I., Messina, S., Duschinsky, R., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2019). Fathers' attachment representations and infant feeding practices. Appetite, 142, 104374. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2019.104374
Reisz S, et al. Fathers' Attachment Representations and Infant Feeding Practices. Appetite. 2019 11 1;142:104374. PubMed PMID: 31344420.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Fathers' attachment representations and infant feeding practices. AU - Reisz,Samantha, AU - Aviles,Ashleigh I, AU - Messina,Serena, AU - Duschinsky,Robbie, AU - Jacobvitz,Deborah, AU - Hazen,Nancy, Y1 - 2019/07/22/ PY - 2018/08/21/received PY - 2019/07/12/revised PY - 2019/07/16/accepted PY - 2019/7/26/pubmed PY - 2020/9/25/medline PY - 2019/7/26/entrez KW - Attachment KW - Fathers KW - Parent-infant feeding KW - Parental feeding behavior SP - 104374 EP - 104374 JF - Appetite JO - Appetite VL - 142 N2 - This study examined how fathers' adult attachment representations, assessed before the birth of their first child, predict feeding practices with their 8-month-old infants. Fathers have been underrepresented in child feeding research, particularly in longitudinal and observational studies. Feeding is a key parenting task of infancy and a growing number of studies have begun to explore the connection between attachment and parental feeding practices and behavior, revealing a clear link between mothers' adult attachment and how they feed their children. This is the first longitudinal examination of attachment as a prenatal predictor of fathers' infant feeding behavior. Participants were 118 first-time fathers and their infants. Adult Attachment Interviews were conducted in the third trimester of pregnancy, and father-infant feeding interactions were observed at home when the infant was 8-months-old. Videotaped feedings were coded using Chatoor's Feeding Scale (1997). Compared to other fathers, (1) those with secure attachment representations were more attuned to their infants during feeding, (2) those with dismissing representations were less attuned, and (3) those with unresolved trauma displayed more controlling behaviors. Fathers were more controlling with their sons than their daughters across all attachment representations. Study results suggest that father's infant feeding behaviors may influence by their own attachment representations. The links to fathers' controlling feeding practices are noteworthy because of the negative implications controlling parental feeding practices can have on child outcomes. The prediction of paternal feeding behaviors from assessments conducted prenatally has important intervention implications. SN - 1095-8304 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31344420/Fathers'_attachment_representations_and_infant_feeding_practices_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0195-6663(18)31283-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -