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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Family characteristics and childhood obesity
by Johnson, Aidan, M.S., Northern Illinois University, 2012, 112; 1513454
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Publication Number: 1513454
ISBN: 978-1-267-42891-2
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