Picky eating in preschool children: The predictive role of the child’s temperament and mother’s negative affectivity

wp-1558861636501..jpgEating Behaviors
Volume 14, Issue 3, August 2013, Pages 274-277

Picky eating in preschool children: The predictive role of the child’s temperament and mother’s negative affectivity

Abstract

Objective
The objective of this study is to describe the development and examine predictors of picky eating from 1.5 to 4.5 years of age in a community sample of children.

Methods
Mothers completed a questionnaire, assessing picky eating and a range of child and maternal factors, when their children were aged 1.5 (n = 913), 2.5 (n = 777), and 4.5 (n = 727) years.

Results
Picky eating increased significantly from 1.5 to 4.5 years. Lower maternal age, higher levels of child emotionality, and maternal negative affectivity at the child’s age 1.5 predicted an increase in picky eating from 1.5 years to 2.5 and 4.5 years. Having siblings protected against the development of picky eating.

Conclusion

Child and maternal temperament at a very early stage in the child’s life increase the risk for picky eating later on.

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