Title: Within-Subject Effects of Stress on Weight-Related Parenting Practices in Mothers: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study.
Authors: Dunton, Genevieve F; Ke, Wangjing; Dzubur, Eldin; O'Connor, Sydney G; Lopez, Nanette V; Margolin, Gayla
Published In Ann Behav Med, (2019 03 28)
Abstract: Stress may compromise parenting practices related to children's dietary intake, physical activity, and sedentary behavior.The current study used Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) to examine microtemporal sequences underlying maternal stress and subsequent weight-related parenting practices.Mothers (n = 199) of children aged 8-12 years participated in two separate 7-day waves of EMA with up to eight randomly prompted surveys per day during children's nonschool time. EMA items assessed stress and weight-related parenting practices.When mothers reported experiencing greater stress than usual, they subsequently engaged in less physical activity parenting (e.g., encouraging physical activity; p < .05) and more sedentary screen behavior parenting (e.g., limiting TV/video games; p < .05) over the next 2 hr.Addressing within-day variations in maternal stress may be an important component of parent-focused child obesity prevention interventions.
PubMed ID: 31222228
MeSH Terms: Adult; Child; Ecological Momentary Assessment; Exercise*; Humans; Maternal Behavior/psychology*; Middle Aged; Mothers/psychology*; Parenting/psychology*; Sedentary Behavior*; Stress, Psychological/psychology*; Young Adult