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ERIC Number: EJ1019545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Parental Influences on the Diets of 2- to 5-Year-Old Children: Systematic Review of Qualitative Research
Peters, Jacqueline; Parletta, Natalie; Campbell, Karen; Lynch, John
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v12 n1 p3-19 Feb 2014
Parents have a major influence on young children's diets, food choices and habit formation. However, research concerning parental influence on children's diets is limited. Qualitative research informs quantitative research with a narrative of "what works" and is a valuable tool to inform intervention design and practice. This article presents a systematic review of qualitative research with parents of preschool children and their influence on their child's diet. Nine studies were identified. Findings highlight the need to promote culturally tailored programmes to combat specific cultural differences such as attitudes; perceptions and concerns; address common barriers to providing healthy foods and challenges faced by lower income families; the use of food to shape a child's behaviour; that children will grow out of excess weight; common misconceptions such as a heavier child is healthier and depriving a child's food request could result in starvation. Research on parental understanding of healthy diets and feeding practices is lacking. Further insights into how to positively influence children's diets will come from research examining parent feeding practices and nutrition knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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