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Family mealtime negativity and adolescent binge-eating: A replication and extension study in a community sample

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posted on 14.06.2019, 09:02 authored by Hannah WhiteHannah White, Emma HaycraftEmma Haycraft, Caroline Meyer
Objective To explore differences in family mealtime characteristics and family mealtime emotions among adolescents who report engaging in binge-eating in comparison to those who do not. Method Adolescents (N = 495) recruited from UK schools/colleges reported on their family mealtime frequency and atmosphere, family mealtime emotions, anxiety, depression and eating psychopathology. Results No significant differences were found between adolescents who reported binge-eating (n = 32 boys; n = 82 girls) and those who did not (n = 196 boys; n = 185 girls) on family mealtime frequency or mealtime atmosphere scores. However, boys and girls who binge-eat reported significantly lower levels of positive family mealtime emotions and significantly higher levels of family mealtime anxiety and anger (girls only), compared with their peers who did not report binge-eating. Discussion Adolescents who binge-eat experience significantly greater negative emotional responses to family mealtimes than their peers. Further research should explore why these experiences are more negative, including broader familial factors and interactions.

Funding

Hannah White was supported by a PhD Studentship from Loughborough University when this research was conducted.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Eating Behaviors

Volume

34

Pages

101306

Citation

WHITE, H.J., HAYCRAFT, E. and MEYER, C., 2019. Family mealtime negativity and adolescent binge-eating: A replication and extension study in a community sample. Eating Behaviors, 34: 101306.

Publisher

© Elsevier

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Eating Behaviors and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2019.101306

Acceptance date

06/06/2019

Publication date

2019-06-08

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1471-0153

Language

en

Article number

101306