This work was supported in part by funds from the Center for Applied Psychological Research, University of Memphis. The authors would like to thank Gilbert Parra and Yeh Hsueh for their helpful comments on the manuscript and Stephanie Aring, Heather Gamble, and Ericka Midgett for their work as research assistants.
Beyond Parenting Practices: Family Context and the Treatment of Pediatric Obesity*
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2008
Volume 57, Issue 1, pages 13–23, January 2008
How to Cite
Kitzmann, K. M., Dalton, W. T. and Buscemi, J. (2008), Beyond Parenting Practices: Family Context and the Treatment of Pediatric Obesity. Family Relations, 57: 13–23. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2007.00479.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2008
- families and health/illness;
- family context;
- parenting practices;
- pediatric obesity;
Abstract: Many family-based treatments for pediatric obesity teach specific parenting practices related to weight management. Although youth in these programs show increases in positive health behaviors and reductions in the extent to which they are overweight, most remain overweight after treatment. A recent trend is to create tailored programs for subgroups of families. We examine the possibility of tailoring based on family context, highlighting 3 aspects of family context that have been studied in relation to pediatric obesity: parenting style, family stress, and family emotional climate. We argue that family context may moderate treatment outcomes by altering the effectiveness of health-related parenting practices and discuss the implications of this argument for designing and evaluating tailored programs.