Caregiver's Feeding Styles Questionnaire. Establishing cutoff points

Appetite. 2012 Feb;58(1):393-5. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.11.011. Epub 2011 Nov 15.


Researchers use the Caregiver's Feeding Styles Questionnaire (CFSQ) to categorize parent feeding into authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, and uninvolved styles. The CFSQ assesses self-reported feeding and classifies parents using median splits which are used in a substantial body of parenting literature and allow for direct comparison across studies on dimensions of demandingness and responsiveness. No national norms currently exist for the CFSQ. This paper establishes and recommends cutoff points most relevant for low-income, minority US samples that researchers and clinicians can use to assign parents to feeding styles. Median scores for five studies are examined and the average across these studies reported.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Body Mass Index
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Eating
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Parents*
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • United States