Sibling eating behaviours and differential child feeding practices reported by parents

C.V. Farrow, A.T. Galloway, K. Fraser

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the intra-familial relationships between parental reports of feeding practices used with siblings in the same family, and to evaluate whether differences in feeding practices are related to differences in siblings' eating behaviours. Eighty parents of two sibling children completed measures assessing their feeding practices and child eating behaviours. Parents reported using greater restrictive feeding practices with children who were fussier and desired to drink more than their sibling. Parents reported using more pressure to eat with siblings who were slower to eat, were fussier, emotionally under-ate, enjoyed food less, were less responsive to food, and were more responsive to internal satiety cues. Restriction and pressure to eat appear to be part of the non-shared environment which sibling children experience differently. These feeding practices may be used differently for children in the same family in response to child eating behaviours or other specific characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-312
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Appetite. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Farrow, CV, Galloway, AT & Fraser, K, 'Sibling eating behaviours and differential child feeding practices reported by parents' Appetite, vol. 52, no. 2 (2009) DOI


  • emotions
  • questionnaires
  • Humans
  • energy intake
  • England
  • parent-child relations
  • overweight
  • child
  • attitude
  • feeding behavior
  • preschool child
  • body weight
  • choice behavior
  • satiety response
  • psychological stress
  • siblings
  • child psychology
  • male
  • eating disorders
  • female
  • eating
  • restriction
  • pressure
  • fussiness


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