[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Previous research identified an association between child internalizing problems and maternal depression (Downey & Coyne, 1990), parenting style (Baumrind, 1989), and family functioning (Elgar et al., 2005). The present study examines whether parenting style predicts child anxiety and depression beyond maternal depression and to determine whether family practices mediate this relation.
Participants were 445 mothers (68% White, 19% minority, 13% did not identify) of first grade children who were participants in a larger intervention study in rural schools. Mothers completed the Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire (PSDQ; Robinson et al., 2001). Four parenting styles factors were identified using EFA of the 32 PSDQ items: authoritative (α=.84), authoritarian (α=.78), permissive (α=.63), and uninvolved (α=.77), and continuous mean scores were calculated for each mother for all four factors. Mothers also completed the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D; Radloff, 1977) to measure maternal depressive symptoms (α=.90), the McMaster Family Assessment Device (FAD; Epstein, Baldwin, & Bishop, 1983) to report family problem solving (α=.75), communication (α=.66), affective responsiveness (α=.72), and affective involvement (α=.68), and two measures of children’s internalizing problems, depression (α=.85) and anxiety (α=.85), from the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-II; Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2004).
Authoritative and permissive parenting styles were positively correlated with scales of family practices, and authoritative style was negatively related to child depressive symptoms. Multiple regression analyses indicate that, controlling for maternal depressive symptoms and education, uninvolved parenting style predicted child depressive symptoms (β=.15, p=.013) and authoritarian parenting style predicted child anxiety (β=.14). Family affective involvement was the only family variable that significantly predicted child depressive (β=-.20) and anxiety symptoms (β=-.14). Mediation analyses suggest that family affective involvement mediates the relation between uninvolved parenting and child depressive symptoms, but not the relation between authoritarian parenting and child anxiety.
This study extends previous work to explain how parenting styles and family practices relate to child internalizing problems. These findings suggest that addressing family affective involvement may play an important role in preventing child depressive symptoms but not anxiety.
Biennial Meeting of Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA; 03/2015
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Results suggest that both parenting styles and perceived competence and acceptance are differentially related to bullying and social exclusion or their scale items based on children's weight status. • For example, for at-risk children, higher non-reasoning/punitive parenting is associated with higher bullying but for overweight/obese children, it is associated with higher social exclusion (see Table 1). • As overweight/obese children's levels of weight-related bullying increase so do their levels of maternal acceptance and no other areas of competence/ acceptance are negatively affected by bullying or social exclusion. • Based on these results, our future research will test whether, in fact, these positive parenting styles/subscales serve as protective factors (moderate) against the negative social and cognitive effects known to be associated with overweight/obesity. • Results suggest the possibility that authoritative parenting, specifically, may serve as a protective factor.. For information on upcoming manuscripts from the FiSH Project, email Amanda Harrist email@example.com. For information about the FiSH Project, please visit http://harristlab.weebly.com/fish-project
Biennial Meeting of Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA; 03/2015
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to examine the associations between 2 types of emotion regulation (reactivity and inhibition) and 2 types of non-hunger-based eating (emotional eating and external eating). Although emotion regulation and eating regulation problems have both been linked to obesity in previous studies, there is little research examining the link between the two, particularly among children.
A total of 782 rural second graders (49% girls, 20% American Indian) were followed longitudinally through third grade. During both data collection points, children participated in face-to-face interviews at school using the Children's Emotion Management Scales and the revised Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire.
Correlational analyses revealed that children's emotion regulation was significantly related to both external and emotional eating within and across grades, with reactivity appearing to be more consistently related to eating regulation than was inhibition. Regression analyses showed that second to third grade increases in external and emotional eating were predicted by increases in reactivity to anger and reactivity to worry.
Given the established link in previous research between poor behavioral regulation and obesity in children, findings from this study linking child emotional reactivity and emotional and external eating (both forms of behavior dysregulation) are important in informing prevention and treatment programs. Based on these findings, targeting child emotion regulation in addition to behavior regulation skills as part of prevention and intervention programs may improve program effectiveness.
Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics: JDBP 10/2013; 34(8):557-65. DOI:10.1097/DBP.0b013e3182a5095f · 2.13 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the direct and interacting relations of parenting styles, feeding styles, and feeding practices to child overweight and obesity. Participants were 144 mothers and children under 6 years of age. Mothers completed questionnaires about parenting and feeding styles and feeding practices. Researchers weighed and measured mothers and children or obtained measurements from a recent health report. Feeding practices were not directly related to child weight status. Compared to the uninvolved feeding style, authoritative and authoritarian feeding style categories were linked to lower odds of overweight. Feeding practices interacted with authoritative and authoritarian parenting styles to predict obesity: (1) healthful modeling was associated with 61% (OR=0.39) reduced odds of obesity in children of authoritative mothers but with 55% (OR=1.55) increased odds in children of non-authoritative mothers and (2) covert control was linked to 156% (OR=2.56) increased odds of obesity in children of authoritarian mothers but with 51% (OR=0.49) decreased odds in children of non-authoritarian mothers. Healthful modeling interacted with feeding style demandingness to predict overweight and with responsiveness to predict obesity. Findings suggest the need for research and interventions on mechanisms mediating between feeding practices and obesity in families characterized by non-authoritative parenting styles.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Body satisfaction is important for the prevention of disordered eating and body image disturbances. Yet, little is known about body esteem and what influences it among younger children. The purpose of this study was to evaluate body esteem and the relationships between body esteem, weight, gender, and physical activity in elementary school children. A total of 214 third graders in a U.S. Midwestern state participated in this correlational study. The Body Mass Index-for-age, the Body Esteem Scale (BES), BE-Weight, BE-Appearance, and a Physical Activity Checklist were used to examine the relationships between the variables using bivariate correlations and analysis of variance. While children's body esteem did not differ by physical activity, important interactions were identified between weight status and gender in global body esteem and BE-Appearance. It is critical to examine attitudes about weight and appearance and the relationship between body esteem and self-esteem further among middle childhood-aged children.
Body image 11/2012; DOI:10.1016/j.bodyim.2012.10.005 · 2.19 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: More-complex models than those currently available are needed to guide research about childhood obesity. This article presents an Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Risk Model of Child Obesity, a transdisciplinary model of psychosocial risk factors that is based on work in developmental, family, and nutritional sciences. Two interpersonal realms of child development identified as being potentially significant for understanding the development and maintenance of overweight include the child’s family and peer contexts. Child intrapersonal variables proposed as mediators between these contexts and weight outcomes include poor self-regulation and self-awareness, negative affect, and emotional or external eating. The article encourages developmental scientists to add their expertise to the study of childhood obesity by using models such as the one outlined here for the generation and testing of hypotheses so that future intervention efforts may be improved.
Child Development Perspectives 10/2012; 6:445-465. DOI:10.1111/cdep.12004 · 3.26 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Several recent studies have supported relations between infant behaviour (alertness and responsiveness) and nutrition in addition to investigating infant behaviour within the context of changes in iron status over time. Existing research is typically limited to the investigation of the effects of a single vitamin or mineral, and no studies have been found that examined the influence that early alertness and responsiveness have on growth in early infancy, despite the fact that relations between behaviour and nutritional status may be bidirectional. The current study used a sample of Ethiopian infants and investigated anthropometrics, haemoglobin, the frequency of alertness and the frequency of responsiveness at 6 and 9 months of age. Six-month weight-for-age predicted 9-month frequency of alertness, while 6-month haemoglobin predicted 9-month frequency of responsiveness. Compared with responsive infants, non-responsive infants at 6 months remained more non-responsive at 9 months, although weight-for-age for both groups converged at 9 months. Results support relations between nutrition and behaviour (alertness and responsiveness) and provide evidence of a potentially useful tool (the Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery) that was adapted to evaluate these relations in Ethiopia.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Rural children are at a particular high risk for obesity. Given the importance of exercise in obesity and chronic disease prevention, this study evaluated the level and relationship between physical activity and fitness in a sample of rural third graders. The second purpose of the study was to determine potential differences in physical activity and fitness level by weight status in this sample.
METHODS: Twelve schools participating in a multidisciplinary research project were randomly selected for the study. Body mass index-for-age percentile, the modified Self-administered Physical Activity Checklist, and the FITNESSGRAM battery tests were utilized to determine children's weight status, physical activity, and fitness level, respectively.
RESULTS: Thirty-eight percent of the 237 participating children (9.2 ± 0.4 years) were overweight or obese. Nearly 15% were extremely obese. Children spent 91.8 ± 83.8 and 32.2 ± 47.7 minutes in moderate- and vigorous-intensity activities. Obese children spent less time in moderate-intensity activity (p < .01) and combined moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity more than other children (p < .05). Forty-three percent of all children failed to meet the fitness standard for muscular strength and 36% failed to meet it for flexibility.
CONCLUSIONS: Rural children in this sample had higher rates of obesity compared to the national average; they had poor fitness and 30% failed to meet the minimum physical activity recommendations on the previous day. Future interventions should focus on increasing physical activity, especially of moderate-intensity, and improving physical fitness in order to reduce obesity and decrease the risk of future chronic diseases in this high-risk population.
Journal of School Health 08/2011; 81(9):536 - 544. DOI:10.1111/j.1746-1561.2011.00624.x · 1.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to assess the nutritional status and cognitive performance of women and their 5-year-old children using a cross-sectional design. Cognitive performance of mothers and children was assessed with Raven's Colored Progressive Matrices (CPM) and Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children-II (KABC-II). Demographic characteristics, food consumption patterns and anthropometry were also measured. Four rural districts in Sidama, southern Ethiopia served as the setting for this study. Subjects were one hundred women and their 5-year-old children. Mean ± standard deviation age of the mothers was 29 ± 6 years and family size was 7.0 ± 2.6. Maternal body mass index (BMI) ranged from 15.3 to 29.0 with 14% of the mothers having BMI < 18.5. Anthropometric assessment of children revealed 29% to be stunted (height-for-age z-score < −2) and 12% to be underweight (weight-for-age z-score < −2). Mothers' education significantly contributed to prediction of both mothers' and children's cognitive test scores. There were significant differences in mean cognitive test scores between stunted and non-stunted, and between underweight and normal-weight children. Height-for-age z-scores were correlated with scores for short-term memory (r = 0.42, P < 0.001), and visual processing (r = 0.42, P < 0.001) indices and weight-for-age z-scores were also correlated with scores of short-term memory (r = 0.41, P < 0.001) and visual processing (r = 0.43, P < 0.001) indices. Malnutrition in the community likely contributed to the cognitive performance of the subjects. Performance on memory and visual processing tasks was significantly lower in children with growth deficits suggesting that efficient and cost effective methods to alleviate malnutrition and food insecurity would impact not only child health but also cognitive function.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to examine the relations of parenting style, parent response to negative child emotion, and family emotional expressiveness and support to child emotional eating. Mothers (N=450) completed questionnaires and their 6-8-year-old children (N=450) were interviewed. Results showed that emotional eating was negatively predicted by authoritative parenting style and family open expression of affection and emotion, and positively predicted by parent minimizing response to child negative emotion. Results suggest the need for early prevention/intervention efforts directed to these parenting and family variables.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to test the moderating influence of two risk factors, maternal depression and socio-economic status (SES), on the association between authoritarian and permissive parenting styles and child obesity.
Correlational, cross-sectional study. Parenting style was measured with the Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire (PSDQ). Maternal depression was measured using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D). BMI-for-age percentile was used to categorize children by weight status (children with BMI-for-age > or = 95th percentile were classified as obese). SES was computed from parent education and occupational status using the four-factor Hollingshead index.
Rural public schools in a mid-western state in the USA.
One hundred and seventy-six mothers of first-grade children (ninety-one boys, eighty-five girls) enrolled in rural public schools.
Both maternal depression and SES were found to moderate the permissive parenting style/child obesity association, but not the authoritarian/child obesity association. For depressed mothers, but not for non-depressed mothers, more permissive parenting was predictive of child obesity. Similarly more permissive parenting was predictive of child obesity among higher SES mothers, but not for lower SES mothers.
Maternal depression and SES interact with permissive parenting style to predict child obesity. Future research should examine the relationship among these variables using a longitudinal design.
Public Health Nutrition 12/2009; 13(8):1237-44. DOI:10.1017/S1368980009992163 · 2.68 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study examined relations of blood lead < 10 microg/dL, iron, zinc, and parenting to Head Start children's (N = 112) scores on Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III (PPVT-III) and McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities (MSCA). Venous whole blood and plasma samples were analyzed for lead and zinc by ICP-MS and iron status was assessed by serum transferrin receptors. Hierarchical regressions revealed significant effects of lead on MSCA perceptual scores and iron on PPVT-III and MSCA verbal scores. Children with lead > 2.5 microg/dL had significantly lower MSCA perceptual scores than children < 2.5 microg/dL. Permissive parenting significantly exacerbated negative effects of higher lead or lower iron on children's perceptual or verbal scores, respectively.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The relation between zinc status and cognitive function was examined in a cross-sectional study in the Sidama area of Southern Ethiopia. Pregnant women >24 weeks of gestation from three adjacent rural villages volunteered to participate. Mean (s.d.) plasma zinc of 99 women was 6.97 (1.07) mumol/l (below the cutoff of 7.6 mumol/l indicative of zinc deficiency at this stage of gestation). The Raven's Coloured Progressive Matrices (CPM) test was administered individually. Scores for the Raven's scale A, which is the simplest scale, ranged from 4 to 10 of a possible 12. Women with plasma zinc <7.6 mumol/l had significantly lower Raven's CPM scale A scores than women with plasma zinc concentrations >7.6 mumol/l. Plasma zinc and maternal age and education predicted 17% of the variation in Raven's CPM scale A scores. We conclude that zinc deficiency is a major factor affecting cognition in these pregnant women.
European journal of clinical nutrition 02/2009; 63(7):916-8. DOI:10.1038/ejcn.2008.77 · 2.71 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Our goal was to identify how parental feeding practices from the nutrition literature link to general parenting styles from the child development literature to understand how to target parenting practices to increase effectiveness of interventions. Stand-alone parental feeding practices could be targeted independently. However, parental feeding practices linked to parenting styles require interventions treating underlying family dynamics as a whole.
To predict parenting styles from feeding practices and to test three hypotheses: restriction and pressure to eat are positively related whereas responsibility, monitoring, modeling, and encouraging are negatively related to an authoritarian parenting style; responsibility, monitoring, modeling, and encouraging are positively related whereas restriction and pressure to eat are negatively related to an authoritative parenting style; a permissive parenting style is negatively linked with all six feeding practices.
Baseline data of a randomized-controlled intervention study.
Two hundred thirty-nine parents (93.5% mothers) of first-grade children (134 boys, 105 girls) enrolled in rural public schools.
Parental responses to encouraging and modeling questionnaires and the Child Feeding Questionnaire, as well as parenting styles measured by the Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire.
Correlation and regression analyses.
Feeding practices explained 21%, 15%, and 8% of the variance in authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive parenting, respectively. Restriction, pressure to eat, and monitoring (negative) significantly predicted an authoritarian style (Hypothesis 1); responsibility, restriction (negative), monitoring, and modeling predicted an authoritative style (Hypothesis 2); and modeling (negative) and restriction significantly predicted a permissive style (Hypothesis 3).
Parental feeding practices with young children predict general parenting styles. Interventions that fail to address underlying parenting styles are not likely to be successful.
Journal of the American Dietetic Association 08/2008; 108(7):1154-61; discussion 1161-2. DOI:10.1016/j.jada.2008.04.008 · 3.92 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Speed of information processing and recognition memory can be assessed in infants using a visual information processing (VIP) paradigm. In a sample of 100 infants 6-8 months of age from Southern Ethiopia, we assessed relations between growth and VIP. The 69 infants who completed the VIP protocol had a mean weight z score of -1.12 ± 1.19 SD, and length z score of -1.05 ± 1.31. The age-appropriate novelty preference was shown by only 12 infants. When age was controlled, longest look duration during familiarization was predicted by weight (sr(2) = .16, p = .001) and length (sr(2) = .05, p =.058), and mean look duration during test phases was predicted by head circumference (sr(2) = .08, p = .018) implying that growth is associated with development of VIP. These data support the validity of VIP as a measure of infant cognitive development that is sensitive to nutritional factors and flexible enough to be adapted to individual cultures.