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Associations between Coparenting Quality and Food Parenting Practices among Mothers and Fathers in the Guelph Family Health Study

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Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G2W1, Canada
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Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G2W1, Canada
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Boston College School of Social Work, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
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Membership of the Guelph Family Health Study is provided in the acknowledgments.
Academic Editor: Alison Tovar
Nutrients 2021, 13(3), 750; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030750
Received: 5 January 2021 / Revised: 19 February 2021 / Accepted: 21 February 2021 / Published: 26 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Eating-Behavior in Children and Adolescents)
Coparenting quality and food parenting practices have been shown to have a strong influence on child outcomes. However, little is known about whether coparenting quality may influence food parenting practices. This study aimed to investigate how coparenting quality is associated with both mothers’ and fathers’ food parenting practices. A cross-sectional analysis was conducted of 58 mothers and 40 fathers enrolled in the Guelph Family Health Study. The Coparenting Relationship Scale and the Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire were used to measure coparenting and food parenting practices, respectively. Linear regressions using generalized estimating equations were used to examine associations between coparenting quality and food parenting practices in mothers and fathers. Among mothers, higher coparenting quality was associated with lower use of food for emotional regulation, restriction of food for health, and child control of food intake and with higher encouragement of a balanced and varied diet, provision of a healthy home environment, and modeling of healthy eating behaviors. Among fathers, higher coparenting quality was associated with lower pressure to eat and with higher encouragement of a balanced and varied diet and provision of a healthy home environment. Coparenting quality is associated with food parenting practices among both mothers and fathers. Interventions aiming to improve food parenting practices should include fathers and should consider targeting parents’ coparenting relationship. View Full-Text
Keywords: coparenting; food parenting; parenting practices; family; nutrition coparenting; food parenting; parenting practices; family; nutrition
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Douglas, S.; Darlington, G.; Beaton, J.; Davison, K.; Haines, J.; the Guelph Family Health Study, o.b.o. Associations between Coparenting Quality and Food Parenting Practices among Mothers and Fathers in the Guelph Family Health Study. Nutrients 2021, 13, 750. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030750

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Douglas S, Darlington G, Beaton J, Davison K, Haines J, the Guelph Family Health Study obo. Associations between Coparenting Quality and Food Parenting Practices among Mothers and Fathers in the Guelph Family Health Study. Nutrients. 2021; 13(3):750. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030750

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Douglas, Sabrina; Darlington, Gerarda; Beaton, John; Davison, Kirsten; Haines, Jess; the Guelph Family Health Study, on behalf of. 2021. "Associations between Coparenting Quality and Food Parenting Practices among Mothers and Fathers in the Guelph Family Health Study" Nutrients 13, no. 3: 750. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13030750

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