The Moderating Effects of Gender on Paternal Encouragement to Diet and Body Dissatisfaction in Youth

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  • Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The current study examines the relationship between child weight, father encouragement to diet (ETD), and child body dissatisfaction moderated by child gender. Participants were 96 youths (53% female), aged 8-17 attending a primary care appointment. Higher child weight status and greater father ETD predicted greater body dissatisfaction. Child gender moderated this relationship such that BMI-z significantly predicted body dissatisfaction in girls regardless of father ETD; however, BMI-z was only a significant predictor of body dissatisfaction in boys only when father ETD was high. The model explained 41% of the variance in body dissatisfaction. ©
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  • Armstrong B; Gowey MA; Dumont-Driscoll M; Janicke DM
  • Start Page

  • 353
  • End Page

  • 367
  • Volume

  • 44
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  • 4