A systematic review of the association between family meals and adolescent risk outcomes

Academic Article


  • Objective: To conduct a systematic review of the literature examining the relationship between family meals and adolescent health risk outcomes. Methods: We performed a systematic search of original empirical studies published between January 1990 and September 2013. Based on data from selected studies, we conducted logistic regression models to examine the correlates of reporting a protective association between frequent family meals and adolescent outcomes. Results: Of the 254 analyses from 26 selected studies, most reported a significant association between family meals and the adolescent risk outcome-of-interest. However, model analyses which controlled for family connectedness variables, or used advanced empirical methods to account for family-level confounders, were less likely than unadjusted models to report significant relationships. Conclusions: The type of analysis conducted was significantly associated with the likelihood of finding a protective relationship between family meals and the adolescent outcome-of-interest, yet very few studies are using such methods in the literature.
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    Author List

  • Goldfarb SS; Tarver WL; Locher JL; Preskitt J; Sen B
  • Start Page

  • 134
  • End Page

  • 149
  • Volume

  • 44