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Title:The role of attachment security in the intergenerational transmission of obesity: a longitudinal study
Author(s):Parsons, Alyssa C
Advisor(s):Bost, Kelly K.
Contributor(s):Wiley, Angela R.
Department / Program:Human Dvlpmt & Family Studies
Discipline:Human Dvlpmt & Family Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pediatric obesity
Body mass index (BMI)
Abstract:This prospective longitudinal study of preschool-aged children (n = 71) and their primary caregivers examined the associations between caregiver weight status, child weight status, and attachment security. I hypothesized that, consistent with previous research, I would find a positive relationship between caregiver and child weight; moreover, I predicted that greater child attachment security would attenuate the link between caregiver and child weight. Findings indicated that although attachment security was not buffering the caregiver-child weight link as hypothesized, it did have a negative, albeit weak, direct effect on child weight. Rather than functioning as a deterrent to this line of work, the mixed support for my hypotheses served as a springboard for thinking about future research. Limitations and a future prospective longitudinal project are discussed.
Issue Date:2016-12-06
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Alyssa C Parsons
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-03-01
Date Deposited:2016-12

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