Authors' Note: This research has been funded by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the International Textile and Apparel Association, and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at Iowa State University. The authors wish to thank Sandra Chisholm and Brecca Farr for their assistance with data coding and stimuli selection, respectively.
Dieting among Adolescent Girls and Their Mothers: An Interpretive Study
Article first published online: 2 JUL 2009
2000 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal
Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 428–462, June 2000
How to Cite
Ogle, J. P. and Damhorst, M. L. (2000), Dieting among Adolescent Girls and Their Mothers: An Interpretive Study. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 28: 428–462. doi: 10.1177/1077727X00284002
- Issue published online: 2 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 2 JUL 2009
This interpretive study focused on mothers' and their adolescent daughters' diet-related thoughts and behaviors and explored the possibility that daughters model their mothers' patterns. In-depth interviews were conducted with 20 mothers and their adolescent daughters. Grounded theory analysis revealed that mothers'diet-related experiences were complex, varying across the life span. Among daughters, three types of dieters emerged: nondieters; short-term, low-commitment dieters; and serious dieters. Both mothers and daughters distinguished between “going on a diet” and “watching what you eat.” Mother and daughter dieting and watching patterns varied in terms of content, duration, and motive. Findings indicated that modeling effects alone cannot adequately explain diet-related patterns of mothers and their daughters. Intervening variables, such as a daughter's degree of identification with her mother or a mother's verbal reinforcement of a modeled attitude, may affect whether a child models a given maternal behavior.