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Eating behaviors associated with perceptions of stress among school-age children
Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing
  • S.K. Jenkins
  • L. Rew
  • Weylin R. Sternglanz, Nova Southeastern University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2005
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
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Abstract
Eating has been theorized to be useful as a coping strategy in response to stressful situations. However, investigation of this behavior in children is limited. The present study is a secondary cross-sectional analysis of longitudinal data that were collected from cohorts of fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grader students. Perceived stress was correlated with unhealthy eating behaviors (r = .13, p < .001), as well as with the use of eating as a coping mechanism (r = .24, p < .001). Hispanic children reported using eating as a coping mechanism most frequently, followed by African-American and Caucasian children. School-age children who experience high levels of stress may be at risk for developing unhealthy eating habits in order to cope; continued examination of these relationships is suggested. Future research should focus on the development of interventions to encourage positive coping mechanisms and healthy eating behaviors.
DOI
10.1080/01460860500227580
Citation Information
S.K. Jenkins, L. Rew and Weylin R. Sternglanz. "Eating behaviors associated with perceptions of stress among school-age children" Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing Vol. 28 (2005) p. 175 - 191 ISSN: 0146-0862
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/weylin-sternglanz/14/