Perceived parenting behaviours predict young adolescents' nutritional intake and body fatness. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated whether perceptions of parenting behaviours predict young adolescents' nutritional intake and body fatness. The randomly selected study sample consisted of 106 13-15 years olds from Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area. Parenting style variables were created by cluster analysis and factor analysis. A two-cluster solution for both maternal and paternal parenting style represented authoritative vs. non-authoritative parenting. Two parenting dimension factors derived were maternal/paternal nurturing and control. For adolescents' energy and nutrient intake, greater maternal nurturing appeared to be most beneficial given its association with lower consumption of total kilocalorie and lower saturated fat intake. Paternal nurturing was associated with lower sodium intake, whereas paternal control predicted lower percentage of kilocalories from carbohydrate and percentage Dietary Reference Intake for dietary fibre, and greater percentage of kilocalories from total fat. Maternal authoritative parenting and lower maternal control over their adolescents may have protective effects against having heavier and fatter adolescents given their associations with adolescents' body weight, sub-scapular skinfold, waist circumference, body mass index, and the tendencies of being at risk of overweight and being overweight. None of paternal parenting styles or dimensions appeared to be significantly related to adolescents' body fatness.

published proceedings

  • Matern Child Nutr

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, M., McIntosh, W. A., Anding, J., Kubena, K. S., Reed, D. B., & Moon, G.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Mi-Jeong||McIntosh, William A||Anding, Jenna||Kubena, Karen S||Reed, Debra B||Moon, Gap-Soon

publication date

  • October 2008