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Parenting style on teen diet.

Reasearch has already shown that more family meals lead to healthier teen eating patterns. Prof Jerica M Berge wanted to find out if parenting style influenced the number of family meals, and thus teen diet.

The data came from more than 4,700 teenagers over a 5-year period.

Cut parenting styles into 4 using the tests emotionally interested v not and firm v lax, and you get authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and neglectful. Authoritative is the mix of caring but with rules.

Teens who saw their parents as authoritative ate more family meals together. With boys, it was mother’s style that counted. With girls, it started out as both parents style counted, but as they got older, it was father’s that made the difference.

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July 2, 2010 - Posted by | Child Health, Diet, Gender, Jerica M Berge, Relationships, Success

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