Conflict of interest: Mr. Lam and Dr. McHale received no biomedical or commercial support that might constitute a conflict of interest in association with this research.
Developmental patterns and family predictors of adolescent weight concerns: A replication and extension
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 45, Issue 4, pages 524–530, May 2012
How to Cite
Lam, C. B. and McHale, S. M. (2012), Developmental patterns and family predictors of adolescent weight concerns: A replication and extension. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 45: 524–530. doi: 10.1002/eat.20974
- Issue published online: 6 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 OCT 2011
- The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Grant Number: R01-HD32336
- longitudinal changes;
- parent–adolescent relationships;
- weight concerns;
- within-person changes
We examined how weight concerns changed across adolescence and whether within-person changes in parent–adolescent relationships were longitudinally linked to within-person changes in adolescent weight concerns.
Participants were mothers, fathers, and the two eldest adolescent siblings from 201 families. Adolescents rated their weight concerns on five occasions across 7 years. Parents rated their acceptance of and conflict with their adolescents, and adolescents rated their depressive symptoms, a year prior to each weight concern measurement.
Although girls' weight concerns increased from early to late adolescence and then leveled off, boys' weight concerns remained relatively unchanged. Moreover, controlling for adolescents' depressive symptoms, when mothers reported less acceptance of and fathers reported more conflict with their adolescents than usual, adolescents reported more weight concerns than usual in the following year.
Findings highlight the vulnerability of adolescents and the role of both mothers and fathers in the etiology of weight-related problems. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2012.