Maternal worries about child underweight mediate and moderate the relationship between child feeding disorders and mother-child feeding interactions

Noa Gueron-Sela, Naama Atzaba-Poria, Gal Meiri, Baruch Yerushalmi

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Abstract

ObjectiveTo examine the role of maternal worries about child underweight and undereating in mother-child feeding interactions with children having a feeding disorder (FD).MethodParticipants were 27 children diagnosed with nonorganic-based FD and 28 children without FD. Mothers were interviewed about their worries about child underweight and undereating. Mother-child interactions were videotaped during feeding.ResultsMaternal child weight-related worries acted as both a mediator and a moderator. The more negative mother-child interactions found in the FD group, compared to the control group, were explained by greater maternal worry regarding child underweight. Furthermore, mother-child interactions within the FD group were not at risk per se, but only when coupled with high maternal worries about children's underweight. ConclusionWorry about child underweight partially explains the development of negative feeding interactions when having children with FD, signifying clinical implications for the treatment of FD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-836
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Eating and feeding disorders
  • failure to thrive
  • motherhood
  • parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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