The mediating role of eating psychopathology in the relationship between unhealthy core beliefs and feeding difficulties in a nonclinical group

Jacqueline Blissett, Caroline Meyer

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    Abstract

    Objective: To determine whether maternal eating psychopathology mediates the relationship between unhealthy core beliefs and reports of child feeding difficulties. Method: A community sample of 114 mothers of 65 male children and 49 female children between 4 months and 5 years completed the Eating Disorders Inventory-11, (Garner, Eating Disorder Inventory-2 Professional Manual, Odessa, 1991) the Child Feeding Assessment Questionnaire, (Harris and Booth, Monographs in Clinical Pediatrics, Vol 5, 1992) and the Young Schema Questionnaire (Short Form) (Young, Young's Schema Questionnaire: Short Form, Available in electronic form at, http://www.schematherapy.com, 1998). Results: Drive for thinness significantly mediated the relationship between maternal defectiveness/shame beliefs and food refusal in mothers of daughters, but no mediational relationships were found for mothers of sons in this nonclinical group. Conclusion: Maternal drive for thinness mediates the effect of unhealthy beliefs on mothers' tendencies to report feeding difficulties in their daughters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)763-771
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
    Volume39
    Issue number8
    Early online date25 Jul 2006
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

    Keywords

    • Children
    • Feeding difficulties
    • Gender
    • Unhealthy core beliefs

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Science
    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Psychology(all)
    • Clinical Psychology

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