Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

Maternal Feeding Behavior and Child Self-Esteem in Seriously Overweight Children

Sheets, Carrie Suzanne (2005) Maternal Feeding Behavior and Child Self-Esteem in Seriously Overweight Children. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

Primary Text

Download (482kB) | Preview


Research conducted with parents of primarily normal weight children has found that certain parental feeding practices and attitudes, including restriction of child access to food and concern about child weight, have been associated with lower levels of children's self-esteem. The nature of the association between parental feeding and child self-esteem in seriously overweight children has not been examined. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between maternal feeding practices (including maternal restriction, monitoring, and concern) and children's global self-worth and physical appearance esteem in a sample of 110 seriously overweight boys and girls seeking family-based behavioral weight loss treatment. Children were an average of 10.11 years old (SD=1.16) and had BMI scores ranging from 23.78 to 55.19 (M = 31.69, SD = 5.28). Measures of maternal feeding practices, child self-esteem, and demographic information were collected prior to the beginning of treatment. Higher maternal monitoring was associated with higher global self-worth in boys and lower global self-worth in girls. Higher maternal monitoring was associated with higher physical appearance esteem in both boys and girls. Future research that explores the total family feeding environment and employs measures of parental feeding that are appropriate for seriously overweight children may offer a richer understanding of the relationship between feeding practices and self-esteem. Additionally, interventions designed to teach parents different feeding practices according to their children's gender might enhance treatment outcomes.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sheets, Carrie Suzannecas185@pitt.eduCAS185
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMarcus,
Committee MemberMarsland, Annamarsland@pitt.eduMARSLAND
Committee MemberPogue-Geile, Michaelmfpg@pitt.eduMFPG
Date: 18 October 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 21 July 2005
Approval Date: 18 October 2005
Submission Date: 18 August 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: body esteem; child feeding; pediatric obesity; self-evaluation
Other ID:, etd-08182005-114712
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:00
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:49


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item