Journal article

Maternal negative affect is associated with emotional feeding practices and emotional eating in young children

Rachel F Rodgers, Susan J Paxton, Sian A McLean, Karen J Campbell, Eleanor H Wertheim, Helen Skouteris, Kay Gibbons

APPETITE | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although mothers of young children frequently experience negative affect, little is known about the association between these symptoms and their children's eating behaviors. We aimed to test a model in which maternal negative affect would be related to maternal emotional eating which in turn would be associated with child emotional eating through maternal feeding practices (emotional and instrumental feeding) in a cross-sectional sample of mothers and their children. METHODS: A sample of 306 mothers (mean age = 35.0 years, SD = 0.46) of 2-year-old children completed a survey assessing symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress, maternal emotional eating, maternal feeding practice..

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