This research was supported, in part, by grants from the National Institutes of Health to the first author (MH 51771, HD057447). The authors express their gratitude to the families who allowed us into their homes as a part of this study and to Stacey Greenberg who assisted in developing an earlier version of the ABC manual.
The ABCs of Family Mealtimes: Observational Lessons for Promoting Healthy Outcomes for Children With Persistent Asthma
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child Development © 2011 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Special Issue: Raising Healthy Children
Volume 82, Issue 1, pages 133–145, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Fiese, B. H., Winter, M. A. and Botti, J. C. (2011), The ABCs of Family Mealtimes: Observational Lessons for Promoting Healthy Outcomes for Children With Persistent Asthma. Child Development, 82: 133–145. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01545.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
Family mealtimes have the potential to promote healthy child development. This observational study of 200 family mealtimes examined the relation between child health in a group of children (ages 5 to 12) with persistent asthma and 3 dimensions of mealtime interaction: Action, Behavior Control, and Communication. Percent time spent in Action and Positive Communication varied by asthma severity, child quality of life, and sociodemographic variables. Positive communication during mealtimes predicted child quality of life. Significant interactions between demographic variables and behavior control suggested that higher levels of behavior control affected child quality of life in the context of lower maternal education. Guidance is offered for practitioners and policy makers toward promoting healthy family mealtimes as a public health priority.