The Role of Interpersonal Influence in Families in Understanding Children's Eating Behavior A Social Relations Model Analysis
Coesens, Carolien × De Mol, Jan De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse Buysse, Ann #
Journal of Health Psychology vol:15 issue:8 pages:1267-1278
This study investigates children's eating behavior in a context of bidirectional parent-child influences. Parents and children were asked about their sense of influence and of being influenced concerning food rules. For parents, these feelings seemed to be partly correlated with children's eating behavior. Additionally, Social Relations Model analysis revealed that parents' and children's feelings of influence and being influenced were not only dependent on characteristics of the rater or actor, but also characteristics of the partner and of the unique relationship were found to be important. Furthermore, evidence was found for bidirectional influences, but only for the mother-older sibling dyad.