The relationship between family mealtime interactions and eating disorder in childhood and adolescence

A systematic review

Kate Godfrey, Paul Rhodes*, Caroline Hunt

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

During childhood and adolescence, family meal frequency has been found to have an inverse relationship with disordered eating behaviour. Also, family interactional patterns differ in families where there is a child with and without an eating disorder. This paper examines the relationship between family mealtime interactions during childhood and adolescence and eating disorder behaviour through a systematic review of the literature. The method was an asystematic electronic search of PsycInfo, Medline and Web of Knowledge undertaken in April 2012. Ten studies demonstrated a significant relationship between family mealtime interactions and disordered eating behaviour. Families where there is a child with an eating disorder display less positive interactions during mealtimes. While the findings can be linked to family based treatment for anorexia nervosa there is a need for prospective research in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-74
Number of pages21
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • eating disorders
  • family meals
  • systematic review

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