Rachel F Rodgers

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  • Rachel F Rodgers, Siân A McLean, Susan J Paxton
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    ABSTRACT: Sociocultural theory of body dissatisfaction posits that internalization of the media ideal and appearance comparison are predictors of body dissatisfaction, a key risk factor for eating disorders. However, no data exist regarding the longitudinal relationships between these variables. The aim of this study was to explore longitudinal relationships among internalization of the media-ideal, social appearance comparison, and body dissatisfaction. A sample of 277 Grade 7 school girls (M age = 12.77 years, SD = 0.44) completed measures of internalization of the media ideal, social appearance comparison, and body dissatisfaction at baseline, 8 months, and 14 months. Path analyses indicated that baseline internalization of the media ideal predicted social appearance comparison and body dissatisfaction at 8 months, and social appearance comparison at 8 months predicted body dissatisfaction at 14 months. A reciprocal effect emerged with body dissatisfaction at 8 months predicting internalization of the media ideal at 14 months. The findings inform sociocultural theory of body dissatisfaction, suggesting that internalization of the media ideal precedes and predicts appearance comparison and that body image interventions that target internalization of the media ideal, and social appearance comparison as well as body dissatisfaction are likely to be effective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).
    Developmental Psychology 03/2015; DOI:10.1037/dev0000013 · 3.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Interventions aiming to help ethnically diverse emerging adults engage in healthy eating have had limited success. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of and adherence to an intervention capitalizing on mobile technology to improve healthy eating. Participants created an online photo food journal and received motivational text messages three times a day. Satisfaction with the intervention was assessed, as were control variables including depression and body dissatisfaction. In addition, weight and height were measured. Levels of adherence to the photo food journal were high with approximately two photos posted a day at baseline. However, adherence rates decreased over the course of the study. Body dissatisfaction positively predicted adherence, while body mass index negatively predicted study satisfaction. Mobile technology provides innovative avenues for healthy eating interventions. Such interventions appear acceptable and feasible for a short period; however, more work is required to evaluate their viability regarding long-term engagement. © The Author(s) 2015.
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    ABSTRACT: Internet addiction or problematic Internet use is a recent and increasingly recognized disorder which has been consistently associated with many psychiatric disorders, adding to the documented negative consequences of problematic Internet use. However, very few studies have examined the relationship between problematic Internet use and personality traits and none in a French sample. Moreover, those which have evaluated this relationship have mainly been conducted on small samples. The main goal of our study was to explore the relationship between problematic Internet use, time spent online and personality traits in a French sample, taking into account the presence of depressive symptoms, and gender. A sample of 276 participants aged from 18 to 50 (M = 28 ; SD = 8.9) completed a questionnaire assessing problematic Internet use, time spent online, the presence of ten personality traits and depressive symptoms. Our results revealed significant differences between genders. Among men, problematic Internet use was associated with Personality Clusters A and B while in women, no Cluster or personality traits was associated with problematic Internet use. Time spent online was predicted by schizoid personality traits among men and avoidant personality traits among women. Our results indicate that Cluster A (schizoid and schizotypal) and Cluster B traits (borderline and antisocial) play a more important role in problematic Internet use than Cluster C traits among men. Differences between men and women regarding the relationships between personality traits, time online and problematic Internet use may be related to differences in the activities engaged in by men and women online. We observed that communication websites use was more prevalent among women while erotic, gambling and shopping websites use was more prevalent among men suggesting that the characteristics of problematic Internet use may vary according to gender. Few studies have examined the relationship between problematic Internet use, time spent online and personality traits, and none among a French sample. These results suggest the importance of assessing the impact of personality traits on Internet use, particularly on time spent online, by differentiating results in terms of gender and online activities.
    L Encéphale 01/2015; · 0.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To date, tanning prevention programs have led to limited success. The aim of the present study was to investigate potential unexpected prevention effects of completing an online survey focused on tanning attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge among female college tanners.
    01/2015; 2:76-78. DOI:10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.01.002
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    Rachel F Rodgers, Susan J Paxton
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    ABSTRACT: Depressive and eating disorder symptoms are highly comorbid. To date, however, little is known regarding the efficacy of existing programs in decreasing concurrent eating disorder and depressive symptoms. We conducted a systematic review of selective and indicated controlled prevention and early intervention programs that assessed both eating disorder and depressive symptoms. We identified a total of 26 studies. The large majority of identified interventions (92%) were successful in decreasing eating disorder symptoms. However fewer than half (42%) were successful in decreasing both eating disorder and depressive symptoms. Intervention and participant characteristics did not predict success in decreasing depressive symptoms. Indicated prevention and early intervention programs targeting eating disorder symptoms are limited in their success in decreasing concurrent depressive symptoms. Further efforts to develop more efficient interventions that are successful in decreasing both eating disorder and depressive symptoms are warranted.
    Journal of Eating Disorders 12/2014; 2(1):30. DOI:10.1186/s40337-014-0030-2
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    Stéphanie Laconi, Rachel Florence Rodgers, Henri Chabrol
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    ABSTRACT: Internet addiction is a recently recognized disorder which has received increasing attention worldwide over the past two decades. This focus has led to the development of several screening tools measuring different aspects of Internet use, and more particularly Internet addiction. However, a synthesis of the information regarding the validity and usefulness of these different scales is lacking and would help inform researchers and clinicians in their choice of measures when assessing for Internet addiction. The main goal of this study was therefore to identify all the existing measures of Internet addiction and to review the psychometric properties of the most frequently used ones. Five electronic databases were searched using the key words: internet use disorder, internet addiction, problematic internet use, pathologic internet use, cyber dependence, and scale, test, questionnaire, tool, assessment and inventory. Forty-five tools assessing Internet addiction were identified, of which only seventeen had been evaluated more than once in terms of their psychometric properties. Most of the existing scales for Internet addiction require further validation work but some of them already demonstrate promising psychometric properties. Given the interest in this phenomenon, it seems important for the field to promote the use of validated and well-established measures.
    Computers in Human Behavior 12/2014; 41. DOI:10.1016/j.chb.2014.09.026 · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a serious psychiatric disorder, which affects 0.3% of young people, with a high mortality rate. The impacts of AN on both the patient and their family are severe, as AN decreases the quality of life of the whole family, and increases dysfunctional family interactions. Providing families affected by AN with support to limit the impact of the disorder on the family is therefore critical. Importantly, the lack of consensus regarding treatments for AN is particularly painful for the patients and their relatives. This exploratory study focuses on the impact of treatments for AN on families in France. The main aim is to explore the experience of parents and siblings of individuals suffering from AN to gain a better understanding of the impact of the disorder and its treatment on the whole family. The second purpose is to identify directions for improving the support provided to patient and their relatives. Method Twelve relatives of girls suffering from anorexia (6 mothers, 3 fathers and 3 siblings) were recruited within an association dedicated to the support of parents of individuals suffering from AN. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and thematic analysis was used to extract the meaningful themes. Results The results highlight five distinct categories: long and ineffective treatments, family support (of lack thereof), involvement of the siblings, the need of guidance and the benefits of support groups. Treatments are stressful for family members who are negatively impacted by both the length of treatment and the slow rates of improvement. Relatives of individuals suffering from AN, particularly siblings, require greater support as they are generally excluded from the treatment process. Parents clearly express a need of guidance concerning the appropriate behavior to adopt with their daughters. Plus they highlight the benefits of talking with other parents. Conclusion Our exploration of the experience of the families of individuals suffering from AN provides targets for the improvement of the support provided to families. Findings highlight the need for information, guidance and sharing with other families. Relatives need to be provided with more information throughout the treatment process, from diagnosis to recovery. In addition, families were particularly interested in obtaining practical advice on the appropriate behaviors to adopt with their anorexic daughter or/and sister. Finally, our results stress the helpfulness of sharing the experience of caring for someone with AN with other families facing eating disorders, in order to decrease isolation and social stigma. This study contributes to the evidence of how AN deeply affects the entire family, with major consequences for parents and siblings. This study emphasizes the need to improve the support for relatives and their involvement in the care process, in order to limit the impact of AN on other family members and to promote recovery.
    Neuropsychiatrie de l Enfance et de l Adolescence 12/2014; 62:508-513. DOI:10.1016/j.neurenf.2013.12.005
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    ABSTRACT: Adolescents and young adults use text messaging as their primary mode of communication, thus providing an opportunity to use this mode of communication for mobile health (mHealth) interventions. Youth with diabetes are an important group for these mHealth initiatives, as diabetes management requires an enormous amount of daily effort and this population has difficulty achieving optimal diabetes management. Goal setting and self-efficacy are 2 factors in the management of diabetes. We examined the feasibility of a healthy lifestyle text messaging program targeting self-efficacy and goal setting among adolescents and young adults with diabetes. Participants, ages 16-21, were assigned to either a text messaging group, which received daily motivational messages about nutrition and physical activity, or a control group, which received paper-based information about healthy lifestyle. Both groups set goals for nutrition and physical activity and completed a measure of self-efficacy. Participants' mean age was 18.7 ± 1.6 years old, with diabetes duration of 10.0 ± 4.6 years, and A1c of 8.7 ± 1.7%. The text messaging intervention was rated highly and proved to be acceptable to participants. Self-efficacy, glycemic control, and body mass index did not change over the course of the short, 1-month pilot study. Positive, daily, motivational text messages may be effective in increasing motivation for small goal changes in the areas of nutrition and physical activity. These interventions may be used in the future in youth with diabetes to improve diabetes care. Utilizing more targeted text messages is an area for future research.
    Journal of diabetes science and technology 09/2014; 8(5):1029-34. DOI:10.1177/1932296814540130
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    T. Melioli, J. Sirou, R.F. Rodgers, H. Chabrol
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives Over the last decade, Internet use has exponentially grown among young people and 95% of adolescents are able to access the Internet. It is important to note that this expansion might lead to cyberbullying, an underestimated phenomenon that has been reported to be experienced by up to 20% of adolescents. Cyberbullying has been associated with poor psychological functioning such as increased depressive and anxiety symptoms. Therefore, the aim of the present study was firstly to explore relationships between different kinds of bullying (face to face, Internet, and Facebook) and depression, social and separation anxiety, submissive traits, and social support, among adolescents. We expected to find an association between the different forms of bullying and these variables. Secondly, the aim was to identify a typology of adolescents based on the type of bullying. We expected to obtain clusters that would differ in levels of psychological functioning including depressive and social phobia symptoms, perceived social support, separation anxiety and submissive traits. Methods The study data were obtained from high schools students in Toulouse, France. Participants were 151 adolescents (Mean age = 15.28 ± 0.6) who completed a self-report questionnaire assessing depression, social and separation anxiety, submissive traits, social support, bullying, and cyberbullying on the Internet and on Facebook. Results A correlation analysis revealed that cyberbullying was positively associated with bullying (r = .80, P < .05) and negatively associated with social support (r = –0.27, P < .05). Cluster analysis yielded 3 clearly distinct clusters with 92.7% of participants successfully classified (Wilks’ λ = 0.10, P < .0001): the low bullied cluster (LBC) (n = 99.60% of the sample), the moderately bullied cluster (MBC) (n = 38.31% of the sample) and the highly bullied cluster (HBC) (n = 14.9% of the sample). The HBC cluster had significantly higher scores on depression, social anxiety and submissive traits and lower scores of social support than the LBC and the MBC clusters. Conclusion Firstly, our results suggest that victims of cyberbullying might suffer from increased psychological distress including higher depressive symptoms, social/separation anxiety symptoms, submissive traits and lower social support. Secondly, our results suggest the usefulness of taking traditional bullying into account when exploring cyberbullying. Indeed, existing face-to-face power relationships might be extended to Internet. A continuum between bullying in school and cyberbullying could lead to increased psychological distress and an increased suicide risk. This continuum might be associated with Internet use on mobile devices which could lead to a lack of separation between private and public domains. Further studies exploring cyberbullying via mobile devices as well as victim and assaulter profiles on the Internet are warranted.
    Neuropsychiatrie de l Enfance et de l Adolescence 08/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.neurenf.2014.07.007
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    ABSTRACT: 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.
    Appetite 05/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.appet.2014.05.022 · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Summary. These last ten years, problematic Internet use has been steadily increasing and some studies have shown that the problematic Internet use was associated with other addictions (compulsive buying, alcohol and drugs dependences, pathological gambling or sex addiction). In France, few studies have investigated problematic Internet use and none have focused on the presence of associated disorders. The aim of the present study was to explore the relationship between problematic Internet use and addictive symptoms related to alcohol, illicit drugs, caffeine, nicotine, medication, shopping, work, sports, gambling, sex, auctions, and eating disorders in a sample of French women. Method. Three hundred and thirty women aged from 18 to 25 (M=21.28; SD=2.13) completed the Shorter PROMIS Questionnaire assessing 12 different addictive symptoms, the Internet Addiction Test measuring the presence of problematic Internet use and the Eating Attitudes Test used to identify women with eating disorders. The sample was mainly recruited on Internet. Results. One hundred and four women reported problematic Internet use (31.5 % of our sample). Problematic Internet use was associated with other addictive symptoms, including shopping, sport, caffeine, sex (p<.001), work, games, auctions, illicit drugs and medication (p<.05). Addictive symptoms related to alcohol and nicotine weren’t significantly associated with problematic Internet use. Addictive symptoms related to shopping (OR : .07 ; 95% CI : .02-.19), caffeine (OR : .32 ; 95% CI : .14-.74) and sex (OR : .26 ; 95% CI : .12-.56) were predictive risk factors of problematic Internet use (p<.01). The combined presence of problematic Internet use and eating disorders significantly increased the risk of addictive symptoms to caffeine, medication (p<.001), shopping and sport (p<.05) compared to the unique presence of problematic use. Moreover, compared to the unique presence of eating disorders, participants also reporting problematic Internet use had an increased likelihood of addictive symptoms related to illicit drugs, shopping and sex (p<.05). Discussion. This study suggests that problematic Internet use might be associated with an important number of addictive symptoms. Internet use might increase the risk for the development of other addictive symptoms (shopping, auctions, work, gambling and sex). Eating disorders might play an important role in the presence of associated psychopathology could constitute an additional risk factor in the development of addictive disorders. Finally, we have no information on the direction or causality of the relationship between eating disorders and problematic Internet use. For this reason, it would be interesting to conduct longitudinal research examining this relationship, and the influence of eating disorders in the development of addictive disorders. Conclusion. The present study highlights the relationship between problematic Internet use and other addictive symptoms and suggests that eating disorders should be considered in studies of addictive disorders.
    L Encéphale 01/2014; · 0.60 Impact Factor
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    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 practices, and child emotional eating. Results: Maternal symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress were correlated with maternal emotional eating (p < .001), and child emotional eating (p < .05). The initial model proposed was not a good fit to the data. Modification indices indicated that the model would be improved if a direct pathway was added between maternal and child emotional eating. As this model was theoretically plausible these changes were made. The resulting model proved a good fit to the data, χ2 = 17.36, p = .098, and explained 29% of the variance in child emotional eating. Conclusions: High levels of negative affect and associated emotional eating in mothers may contribute to the use of instrumental and emotional feeding practices. Our findings suggested that maternal negative affect has an indirect effect on children's emotional eating, primarily through mothers’ own emotional eating and feeding her child to regulate the child's emotions.
    Appetite 01/2014; 80:242–247. · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fat Talk Free Week (FTFW), a social marketing campaign designed to decrease self-disparaging talk about body and weight, has not yet been evaluated. We conducted a theory-informed pilot evaluation of FTFW with two college samples using a pre- and posttest design. Aligned with the central tenets of the Elaboration Likelihood Model (ELM), we investigated the importance of FTFW saliency as a predictor of fat talk behavior change. Our analytic sample consisted of 118 female participants (83% of original sample). Approximately 76% of the sample was non-Hispanic White, 14% Asian, and 8% Hispanic. At baseline, more than 50% of respondents reported engaging in frequent self fat talk; at posttest, this number dropped to 34% of respondents. Multivariable regression models supported campaign saliency as the single strongest predictor of a decrease in self fat talk. Our results support the social diffusion of campaign messages among shared communities, as we found significant decreases in fat talk among campaign attenders and nonattenders. FTFW may be a promising short-term health communication campaign to reduce fat talk, as campaign messages are salient among university women and may encourage interpersonal communication.
    Health Communication 12/2013; 29(10). DOI:10.1080/10410236.2013.827613 · 0.97 Impact Factor
  • Rachel F Rodgers, Susan J Paxton, Siân A McLean
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    ABSTRACT: Body image and eating concerns are prevalent among early adolescent girls, and associated with biological, psychological and sociocultural risk factors. To date, explorations of biopsychosocial models of body image concerns and disordered eating in early adolescent girls are lacking. A sample of 488 early adolescent girls, mean age = 12.35 years (SD = 0.53), completed a questionnaire assessing depressive symptoms, self-esteem, body mass index (BMI), sociocultural appearance pressures, thin-ideal internalization, appearance comparison, body image concerns and disordered eating. Structural equation modelling was conducted to test a hypothetical model in which internalization and comparison were mediators of the effect of both negative affect and sociocultural influences on body image concerns and disordered eating. In addition, the model proposed that BMI would impact body image concerns. Although the initial model was a poor fit to the data, the fit was improved after the addition of a direct pathway between negative affect and bulimic symptoms. The final model explained a large to moderate proportion of the variance in body image and eating concerns. This study supports the role of negative affect in biopsychosocial models of the development of body image concerns and disordered eating in early adolescent girls. Interventions including strategies to address negative affect as well as sociocultural appearance pressures may help decrease the risk for body image concerns and disordered eating among this age group.
    Journal of Youth and Adolescence 09/2013; 43(5). DOI:10.1007/s10964-013-0013-7 · 2.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Self-serving cognitions and callous-unemotional traits play important roles in adolescent antisocial behavior. The objective of this study was to cross-sectionally explore the mediating role of self-serving cognitions in the relationship between callous-unemotional traits and antisocial behavior. A sample of 972 high-school students completed self-report questionnaires assessing callous-unemotional traits, self-serving cognitive distortions and antisocial behavior. Two competing models exploring indirect effects accounting for the relationships between self-serving cognitive distortions, callous-unemotional traits and antisocial behaviors were tested. Both models revealed significant indirect effects, suggesting both pathways are possible. Gender was found to moderate these models. These findings suggest the importance of targeting self-serving cognitions in therapeutic interventions and increase our understanding of the role of self-serving cognitions in antisocial behavior.
    Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 07/2013; DOI:10.1007/s10802-013-9779-z · 3.09 Impact Factor
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    Amy Ross, Susan J Paxton, Rachel F Rodgers
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    ABSTRACT: To date, effective body image interventions for preadolescent school girls are lacking. The present study sought to evaluate the effectiveness of Y's Girl, a published body image curriculum specifically tailored for preadolescent school girls. A sample of 60 Grade 6 girls with a mean age of 11.25 (range of 11-12) years were allocated either to an intervention or control group and completed baseline and posttest measures of body image, thin-ideal internalization, body comparison, self-esteem, peer factors, and disordered eating. Findings revealed that, compared to the control group, girls receiving the intervention reported improved body image, thin-ideal internalization, body comparisons, and self-esteem at posttest 1 week after the intervention ended. Furthermore, changes in body satisfaction were moderated by initial levels of risk-factors. These findings provide initial support for Y's Girl as an effective, affordable body image intervention for preadolescent girls which can be implemented by teachers.
    Body image 07/2013; 10(4). DOI:10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.06.009 · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study tested the efficacy of an Internet-based health promotion program, BodiMojo, designed to promote positive body image in adolescents. Participants were 178 students (mean age 15.2 years, 67.6% ethnic minority) in three public high schools. Intervention groups used BodiMojo for four weekly health class periods, while controls participated in their usual health curriculum. Body image measures were given at baseline, post-intervention, and 3 months. Girls reported decreased body dissatisfaction (p<.05), decreased physical appearance comparison (p<.05), and increased appearance satisfaction (p<.05), relative to controls. Effects were not maintained at 3-month follow-up. No significant differences were found between the intervention and control groups with boys. Moderation analyses suggested positive effects for diverse adolescents as well as those who were overweight or indicated baseline high body dissatisfaction. BodiMojo appears to be modestly effective in decreasing body image concerns among adolescent girls in the short term.
    Body image 06/2013; 10(4). DOI:10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.04.008 · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is believed to be frequent among adolescents. While several prospective studies have assessed the use of mental health services among adults who suffer from BPD, few studies have provided adolescent data. This paper presents findings from the first assessment point of the European Research Network on Borderline Personality Disorder (EURNET BPD) study. In this study, we describe lifetime treatment utilization for 85 adolescents with BPD (Mean age: 16.3 years old). In line with adult findings, adolescents with BPD reported greater mental healthcare service use (outpatient: 98%; inpatient: 79%) compared to controls. Phenothiazine, a sedative neuroleptic, was the most frequently prescribed treatment. 47% of patients had received psychotherapy; in one our of three cases this was psychodynamic therapy. Patients who had received psychotherapy did not differ on any psychopathological variables from those who did not receive psychotherapy; however, psychotherapy was more frequent among females.
    Journal of personality disorders 04/2013; 27(2):252-9. DOI:10.1521/pedi.2013.27.2.252 · 3.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The relationships between maternal body image and eating concerns and increases in body mass index (BMI) in early childhood are poorly understood. Our aim was to test a model in which mothers' BMI, body dissatisfaction, dietary restraint and concerns about their child's weight were related to restrictive feeding practices and child BMIz change. METHODS: Mothers of 2-year-old children (n = 202, aged between 1.5 and 2.5 years) reported concerns regarding their own and their child's weight, their dietary restraint, and restrictive feeding practices. Height and weight were measured for children and reported by mothers at baseline and 1-year later. RESULTS: Thirty five percent of mothers and 29% of children were in overweight or obese categories at baseline. Using path analysis, after adding an additional pathway to the proposed model the final model provided a good fit to the data (χ(2) (8) = 5.593, p =.693, CFI = 1.000, RMSEA = .000), with maternal dietary restraint directly predicting change in child BMIz over the year. Concern about child's weight and, to a lesser extent, maternal dietary restraint mediated the relationship between maternal body dissatisfaction and the use of restrictive feeding practices. However, the pathway from restrictive feeding practices to change in child BMIz was not significant. CONCLUSIONS: Mothers' BMI and body dissatisfaction may contribute indirectly to weight change in their young children. Interventions targeting maternal body dissatisfaction and informing about effective feeding strategies may help prevent increases in child BMIz.
    Appetite 03/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.appet.2013.03.009 · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Maternal feeding practices have been proposed to play an important role in early child weight gain and obesogenic eating behaviors. However, to date longitudinal investigations in young children exploring these relationships have been lacking. The aim of the present study was to explore prospective relationships between maternal feeding practices, child weight gain and obesogenic eating behaviors in 2-year-old children. The competing hypothesis that child eating behaviors predict changes in maternal feeding practices was also examined. A sample of 323 mother (mean age = 35 years, ± 0.37) and child dyads (mean age = 2.03 years, ± 0.37 at recruitment) were participants. Mothers completed a questionnaire assessing parental feeding practices and child eating behaviors at baseline and again one year later. Child BMI (predominantly objectively measured) was obtained at both time points. Increases in child BMI z-scores over the follow-up period were predicted by maternal instrumental feeding practices. Furthermore, restriction, emotional feeding, encouragement to eat, weight-based restriction and fat restriction were associated prospectively with the development of obesogenic eating behaviors in children including emotional eating, tendency to overeat and food approach behaviors (such as enjoyment of food and good appetite). Maternal monitoring, however, predicted decreases in food approach eating behaviors. Partial support was also observed for child eating behaviors predicting maternal feeding practices. Maternal feeding practices play an important role in the development of weight gain and obesogenic eating behaviors in young children and are potential targets for effective prevention interventions aiming to decrease child obesity.
    International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 02/2013; 10:24. DOI:10.1186/1479-5868-10-24 · 3.68 Impact Factor
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  • 2012–2015
    • Northeastern University
      • Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • 2014
    • La Trobe University
      • School of Psychological Science
      Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2012–2013
    • Paul Sabatier University - Toulouse III
      • Laboratoire du Stress Traumatique - EA 4560 - LST
      Tolosa de Llenguadoc, Midi-Pyrénées, France
  • 2010–2013
    • University of Toulouse
      Tolosa de Llenguadoc, Midi-Pyrénées, France
    • Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche en Développement International
      Clermont, Auvergne, France
  • 2007–2012
    • University of Toulouse II - Le Mirail
      • UFR de Psychologie
      Tolosa de Llenguadoc, Midi-Pyrénées, France