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Maternal core beliefs and children's feeding problems

Maternal core beliefs and children's feeding problems
Maternal core beliefs and children's feeding problems
Background: Although maternal mental health problems have been implicated in the exacerbation of childhood feeding difficulties, little research has assessed the contribution of broader maternal cognitions to these problems. The current study examined gender differences in the relationships between mothers' core beliefs and children's feeding problems.
Methods: One hundred and three mothers of girls and 93 mothers of boys (age range, 7-64 months) completed the Young Schema Questionnaire and the Child Feeding Assessment Questionnaire.
Results: While controlling for child age, a clear link between maternal core beliefs and perceived feeding difficulties emerged for mothers of girls. In particular, abandonment, failure to achieve, dependence and incompetence, enmeshment and defectiveness, and shame beliefs were associated with increased reports of feeding problems in girls. In contrast, emotional deprivation and subjugation beliefs were associated with maternal reports of food fussiness and food refusal in boys.
Conclusions: There appears to be a clear role for maternal core beliefs in the reporting of feeding difficulties in children, and the specificity of these links differs depending on the gender of the child. Further research is required to establish the direction of causality and the specificity of these relationships.
feeding problems, maternal cognitions, gender differences
0276-3478
127-134
Blissett, Jackie
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Meyer, Caroline
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Farrow, Claire
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Bryant-Waugh, Rachel
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Nicholls, Dasha
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Blissett, Jackie
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Meyer, Caroline
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Farrow, Claire
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Bryant-Waugh, Rachel
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Nicholls, Dasha
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Blissett, Jackie, Meyer, Caroline, Farrow, Claire, Bryant-Waugh, Rachel and Nicholls, Dasha (2005) Maternal core beliefs and children's feeding problems. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 37 (2), 127-134.

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Abstract

Background: Although maternal mental health problems have been implicated in the exacerbation of childhood feeding difficulties, little research has assessed the contribution of broader maternal cognitions to these problems. The current study examined gender differences in the relationships between mothers' core beliefs and children's feeding problems.
Methods: One hundred and three mothers of girls and 93 mothers of boys (age range, 7-64 months) completed the Young Schema Questionnaire and the Child Feeding Assessment Questionnaire.
Results: While controlling for child age, a clear link between maternal core beliefs and perceived feeding difficulties emerged for mothers of girls. In particular, abandonment, failure to achieve, dependence and incompetence, enmeshment and defectiveness, and shame beliefs were associated with increased reports of feeding problems in girls. In contrast, emotional deprivation and subjugation beliefs were associated with maternal reports of food fussiness and food refusal in boys.
Conclusions: There appears to be a clear role for maternal core beliefs in the reporting of feeding difficulties in children, and the specificity of these links differs depending on the gender of the child. Further research is required to establish the direction of causality and the specificity of these relationships.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: feeding problems, maternal cognitions, gender differences
Organisations: Community Clinical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 27534
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/27534
ISSN: 0276-3478
PURE UUID: 78fc9754-9841-4415-96b0-a4745830d676

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Date deposited: 25 Apr 2006
Last modified: 14 Nov 2017 10:54

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Author: Jackie Blissett
Author: Caroline Meyer
Author: Claire Farrow
Author: Rachel Bryant-Waugh
Author: Dasha Nicholls

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