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Assessment of infant feeding styles among low-income African-American mothers: Comparing reported and observed behaviors

Sacco, Lisa M., Bentley, Margaret E., Carby-Shields, Kenitra, Borja, Judith B. and Goldman, Barbara D. (2007) Assessment of infant feeding styles among low-income African-American mothers: Comparing reported and observed behaviors APPETITE, 49 (1). pp. 131-140.

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This study’s goal was to provide a detailed description of feeding styles adopted by a sample of African-American women in feeding their infants in North Carolina, and to examine the correspondence between reported and observed feeding styles. Cross-sectional semistructured interview and videotaped data were gathered in the homes of 20 participating low-income mothers of infants aged 3–20 months. Feeding styles were characterized through a tailored coding scheme (the Infant Feeding Styles Video Coding Scheme, IFSVCS) applied to both interview and video-taped data. We found that the most frequent feeding styles identified for both interviews and videotaped observations was restrictive, but that mothers were roughly equally divided among predominantly controlling (pressuring or restrictive) and less controlling (laissez-faire or indulgent) styles across methods. However, for over 2/3 of the sample, there was a lack of correspondence between interview and video-taped feeding styles. This unique characterization and comparison of observed and reported infant feeding styles provides additional insights into parental feeding approaches among mothers of infants at high risk of obesity, and highlights the need for further study of feeding style assessment and potential impact on infant weight outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Biosciences and Medicine
Authors :
Sacco, Lisa
Bentley, Margaret E.
Carby-Shields, Kenitra
Borja, Judith B.
Goldman, Barbara D.
Date : 30 January 2007
DOI : 10.1016/j.appet.2007.01.004
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Obesity; Infant feeding; African-American; Feeding styles; Parenting styles
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2019 12:00
Last Modified : 14 Oct 2019 12:00

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