Understanding Parental Feeding Behavior of Children Ages 2 to 5 Years Old Using the Theory of Planned Behavior




Cabezas, Ana Maria

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In order to understand the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity, this study examined the parental feeding behavior of healthy and unhealthy food to children ages 2-5, utilizing the Theory of Planned Behavior. The following hypotheses were posited: Hypothesis 1 - Attitudes and subjective norms and perceived behavioral control (PBC) positively predict intentions of parents to give healthy foods to their children during the week. Hypothesis 2 - Attitudes, subjective norms and PBC predict positive associations with intentions of parents giving unhealthy foods to their children during the week. Regression was used in the statistical analysis. Results showed that PBC was the only predictor in the intent of parents to give healthy foods to their children. Attitudes and PBC independently worked in explaining the variance found in the intent of parents to give unhealthy foods to their children.



parenteral feeding, parental influences, parenting, child rearing, health education, parent participation


Cabezas, A. M. (2010). Understanding parental feeding behavior of children ages 2 to 5 years old using the theory of planned behavior (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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