Author(s)

Kasi Spinelli

Date Approved

9-17-2015

Embargo Period

12-16-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Parenting;Hispanic Americans;Children--Nutrition

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to detect an ethnic difference in Hispanic and feeding practices in early childhood. It is further hypothesized that there will be a relationship between parenting styles and feeding practices. 24 Rowan graduate students completed a survey, the Toddler Feeding questionnaire by Chaidez & Kaiser (2011). The items on the survey were divided into questions that asked about parenting styles, feeding practices, environmental factors, and demographics. The ethnicity was analyzed by using a one-way ANOVA (within) to discover any associations between the parenting styles and feeding practices items on the survey. There was not a significant difference between ethnicity and parenting styles or with feeding practices. However, there was significant findings with the feeding practices and parenting styles which was analyzed by using a bivariate correlation. This indicates that ethnicity does have an impact on feeding practices and parenting styles.

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