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ERIC Number: EJ824274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1066-4807
Select Parent and Family System Correlates of Adolescent Current Weight Status: A Pilot Study
Hooper, Lisa M.; Burnham, Joy J.; Richey, Rachel
Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, v17 n1 p14-21 2009
In this exploratory, correlational study, the researchers examined the extent to which select family systems theory constructs were associated with self-reported current weight among a sample of 77 primarily non-Hispanic Black adolescents. We also explored the extent to which select parental and familial constructs (family cohesion, family conflict, family resources, and perceptions of weight), and parents' current weight status separately and taken together predicted adolescents' current weight. Bivariate analyses suggested that adolescents' self-reported weight status is correlated with factors from multiple levels in which the adolescent is embedded; adolescent weight status was positively associated with parent- and family-level factors. Furthermore, the exploratory regression model established the existence of a small significant relationship (22% of the variance) between the parent- and family-level constructs and adolescent weight status, with parents' perception of his or her own weight status and family resources being the strongest unique predictors. These findings point to the potential importance of systemic factors related to adolescent weight status. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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