Childhood obesity is on the rise and is quickly becoming a nationwide issue. There has been limited research when it comes to the relationship between the family as a unit as a predictor of the child's weight. The purpose of this study was to assess family factors that may predict childhood obesity. Participants consisted of one hundred and twenty-eight parents of preschool age children in Illinois. The Self-Report Family Inventory was used, along with the child's BMI and other family characteristics. The independent variables that were looked at as factors in predicting childhood obesity were family health/competence, family conflict, family cohesion, family leadership, and family emotional expressiveness, maternal employment, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The dependent variable used was children's BMI. Family leadership/parenting styles and family expressiveness showed significant results in relation to BMI. Possible explanations for findings, limitations, and implications are discussed.
|Advisor:||Derscheid, Linda E.|
|Commitee:||Shi, Lin, Umoren, Josephine|
|School:||Northern Illinois University|
|Department:||Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nutrition, Public health, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Childhood, Family, Obesity, Overweight|
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