Child versus parent report of parental influences on children's weight-related attitudes and behaviors

Jess Haines, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Peter Hannan, Ramona Robinson-O'Brien

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Abstract

Objective: To compare parent and child report of parental weight-related behaviors and examine their respective associations with child's weight-related outcomes. Methods: Seventy-three parent-child dyads completed self-administered surveys that assessed parent and child report of parental direct weight-related behaviors (comments to child about weight, encourage child to diet) and indirect behaviors (dieting, comments about own weight/appearance). Outcome variables included child's body dissatisfaction, weight concerns, and dieting. Results: Considerable disagreement (21-30%) was found between parent and child report of parental weight-related behaviors. Both the parent and child report of direct parental behaviors were associated with child's outcomes. Child report of parental indirect behaviors was more consistently associated with child's outcomes than parent report. Conclusion: Parent weight-related behaviors, both direct and indirect, are positively associated with child's weight-related attitudes and behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-788
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Volume33
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and by the National Institutes of Health (R21 DK072972).

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Children
  • Dieting
  • Parents
  • Weight control

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