Research Brief| Volume 51, ISSUE 8, P993-1002, September 2019

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Food Parenting Practices That Influence Early Adolescents’ Food Choices During Independent Eating Occasions



      To identify practices that parents use to influence early adolescents’ food choices during independent eating occasions (iEOs) from parent and child perspectives.


      In-depth interviews.


      Low-income parents (n = 49) and early adolescent children (aged 10–13 years; n = 44) from 10 US states and the District of Columbia.

      Phenomenon of Interest

      Parent and child perspectives on parenting practices that influence food choices during iEOs.


      Audio-recorded interviews transcribed verbatim, NVivo coding, and directed content analysis.


      Parents reported setting rules and expectations and managing availability or accessibility as the most common practices used to influence iEOs. Other practices included teaching, pressuring to eat, monitoring, and modeling. Children reported that their parents had rules about what they could or could not eat during iEOs and that they used specific strategies (eg, call or text) to monitor their iEOs.

      Conclusions and Implications

      Additional studies are needed to confirm findings from this exploratory study. Future cross-sectional and longitudinal studies could determine whether and to what extent food parenting practices identified in the current study are associated with healthy dietary intake during iEOs, as well as potential racial and ethnic differences.

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          The September 2019 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior carried a Research Brief titled “Food Parenting Practices That Influence Early Adolescents’ Food Choices During Independent Eating Occasions” (J Nutr Educ Behav. 2019;51(8):993-1002; j.jneb.2019.05.597 ). In Table 3, the “Food Parenting Practice” main theme “Teach” has 15 (not 5) supporting quotations. The authors regret this error.
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