Do parents of obese children use ineffective parenting strategies?

Morawska, Alina and West, Felicity (2013) Do parents of obese children use ineffective parenting strategies?. Journal of Child Health Care, 17 4: 375-386. doi:10.1177/1367493512462263

Author Morawska, Alina
West, Felicity
Title Do parents of obese children use ineffective parenting strategies?
Journal name Journal of Child Health Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-4935
Publication date 2013-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1367493512462263
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 17
Issue 4
Start page 375
End page 386
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 2735 Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
2919 Pediatrics
2700 Medicine
Abstract Research has shown mixed findings about the relationship between parenting style and child lifestyle outcomes. This paper describes a cross-sectional study that aimed to clarify the relationship between ineffective parenting and childhood obesity by using multiple measures of child and family functioning. Sixty-two families with an obese child (aged four to 11 years) were matched with 62 families with a healthy weight child on key sociodemographic variables. Significant differences were found on several measures, including general parenting style, domain-specific parenting practices, and parenting self-efficacy (d = .53 to 1.96). Parents of obese children were more likely to use permissive and coercive discipline techniques, and to lack confidence in managing children’s lifestyle behaviour. In contrast, parents of healthy weight children were more likely to implement specific strategies for promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Keyword Childhood illness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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