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Title: Early mother-child dyadic pathways to childhood obesity risk: A conceptual model.
Austin Authors: Bergmeier, Heidi;Paxton, Susan J;Milgrom, Jeannette ;Anderson, Sarah E;Baur, Louise;Hill, Briony;Lim, Siew;Green, Rachael;Skouteris, Helen
Affiliation: The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, New South Wales, Australia
School of Psychological Sciences, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI), Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health and Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jan-2020
Date: 2019-09-15
Publication information: Appetite 2020; 144: 104459
Abstract: Understanding the emotional quality of the mother-child dyadic relationship and parent-child feeding interactions may further clarify early developmental pathways to eating behaviours and obesity risk. The quality of parent-child relationships fosters all aspects of child development but has not yet been extensively examined in relation to childhood weight gain. The aim of this paper is to propose a conceptual model, which outlines early mother-child dyadic pathways linking parent-child feeding interactions to child body mass index, where parent-child relationships have a central role. It maps out individual and dyadic mother-child factors (i.e., attachment, child temperament and maternal mental health) that influence the nature and quality of parent-child feeding interactions from infancy to toddlerhood. Our model bridges the gap between research fields by bringing together key maternal and child factors implicated in child development. Understanding early parent-child feeding interactional patterns and their influence on child self-regulation and eating behaviours may be relevant to multidisciplinary approaches toward preventing childhood obesity. High quality quantitative and observational data capturing meaningful parent, child and dyadic level interactions around food contexts, attachment security, maternal mental health, child temperament and self-regulation will help to inform new, aetiologically important, targets for preventative intervention.
DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2019.104459
ORCID: 0000-0002-4082-4595
Journal: Appetite
PubMed URL: 31533059
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Attachment
Early childhood
Parent-child feeding interactions
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