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Measurement of mealtime behaviors in rural overweight children: an exploratory factor analysis of the behavioral pediatrics feeding assessment scale Journal Article


Authors: Davis, Ann M.; Canter, Kimberly S; Stough, Cathleen Odar; Gillette, Meredith Dreyer; Patton, Susana
Article Title: Measurement of mealtime behaviors in rural overweight children: an exploratory factor analysis of the behavioral pediatrics feeding assessment scale
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The current study presents results of an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) of the Behavioral Pediatric Feeding Assessment Scale (BPFAS) in a sample of rural children with overweight and obesity. Relationships between mealtime behavior and health outcomes are also explored. METHODS: EFA was used to assess the fit of the BPFAS in a group of 160 treatment-seeking children (Mage = 9.11, SD = 1.77) living in rural Midwest communities. Correlations were also computed between factor scores and select health variables (child body mass index z-score and diet variables). RESULTS: The EFA identified a 5-factor solution as the best fitting model (Tucker-Lewis Index = .96, root mean square error of approximation = .05), although several items (i.e., 7 of 25) did not load on any factor. 2 factors were correlated with health variables of interest. CONCLUSION: Study results suggest that certain items on the BPFAS may not be appropriate for use with rural children with pediatric overweight or obesity. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Journal Title: Journal of pediatric psychology
Volume: 39
Issue: 3
ISSN: 1465-735X
Publisher: Oxford University Press  
Date Published: 2014
Start Page: 332
End Page: 339
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