Intergenerational Study on the Effects of Attachment Style on Eating Behaviors

Aida Faber, McGill University, Canada
Laurette Dube, McGill University, Canada
Sophie Belanger, L'Oreal Canada, Canada
Families face many challenges with regard to healthy diets and patterns of exercise. This research combines recent psychology research on self-regulation with that of attachment style to examine from an intergenerational perspective the effect of attachment styles on eating behavior in a sample of child-parent dyads. Results showed more secure attachment in parents and children alike to be linked with knowing more fruits and vegetables and having healthier diets. Furthermore, we found that attachment had a positive impact on males’ food knowledge and diets. Lastly, the mediating role of parents’ attachment on their children’s diets is discussed.
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Aida Faber, Laurette Dube, and Sophie Belanger (2009) ,"Intergenerational Study on the Effects of Attachment Style on Eating Behaviors", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 36, eds. Ann L. McGill and Sharon Shavitt, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 828-829.