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The family mealtime study: parent socialization and context during family meals

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Kok, Car Mun (main author), Torquati, Julia (author), De Guzman, Maria (author)
Online journal article
Publication Date:
Extension Journal, Inc.
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
attitudes, diet, educational needs, extension agents, extension education, extension programs, health education, nutrition education, youth, family, food issues, family communication
16 pages., Article #:3RIB3, via online journal., Research on the family mealtime has shown its importance for youths' dietary attitudes and behaviors. Youths who have more frequent family meals often have more healthful dietary behaviors. However, little is known about the context and processes related to how family mealtimes affect youths' dietary behaviors. To address this gap, we examined the context of family mealtimes and parent socialization that occurs during family meals through mealtime observations and interviews. Family mealtimes are valued by parents, and our findings can be useful to Extension professionals in educating parents and families regarding shaping of family mealtimes, feeding strategies, and nutrition.