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. 2019 Jun 12;10.1007/s40519-019-00730-8.
doi: 10.1007/s40519-019-00730-8. Online ahead of print.

Coparenting in the Feeding Context: Perspectives of Fathers and Mothers of Preschoolers

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Coparenting in the Feeding Context: Perspectives of Fathers and Mothers of Preschoolers

Cin Cin Tan et al. Eat Weight Disord. .
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Abstract

Purpose: This study examined how fathers and mothers coparent around child feeding.

Methods: Father-mother pairs (N = 30) of preschool-aged children (M child age = 4.1 years old) participated in joint or group interview sessions.

Results: Three themes emerged from the qualitative analysis: (1) couples' division of labor regarding feeding tasks seemed to align with stereotypical gender roles; (2) couples noted that they attempted healthier family eating habits in comparison to families of origin and recognized the influence of extended family on their attempts at healthier feeding; (3) couples agreed on the importance of family mealtime, routines, and healthy meals, yet disagreed on strategies to limit unhealthy foods and achieve harmonious family meals.

Conclusions: This study identified processes of coparenting and child feeding areas that were particularly challenging to manage among parents, which could be important targets for childhood obesity interventions.

Level of evidence: V, descriptive study.

Keywords: Child; Coparenting; Couple; Father; Feeding; Mother.

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