Father-child and mother-child interaction in families with a child feeding disorder: The role of paternal involvement Academic Article uri icon


  • To date, research about feeding disorder (FD) has focused almost exclusively on the mother–child dyad, ignoring fathers’ roles. The current study investigated father–child interactions with children having FD. The sample consisted of 67 children (1–3 years old) and their mothers and fathers. Thirty-four children, diagnosed with a nonorganic-based FD (FD group) and 33 children without an FD (control group) were matched for age, gender, birth order, and maternal education. Data were collected during home visits. Mothers were interviewed about their and the father’s involvement in childcare. In addition, mother–child and father–child interactions were videotaped during play and feeding. Both mothers and fathers from the FD group experienced less positive parent–child interactions than did parents in the control group. Furthermore, mothers in the FD group reported greater maternal versus paternal chil...

publication date

  • November 1, 2010