Paper in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
- Godfrey, K., Rhodes, P. & Hunt, C (2013). The relationship between family mealtime interactions and eating disorder in childhood and adolescence: A systematic review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 54-74. DOI: 10.1002/anzf.1005.
During childhood and adolescence, family meal frequency has been found to have an inverse relationship with disordered eating behaviour. Also, family interactional patterns differ in families where there is a child with and without an eating disorder. This paper examines the relationship between family mealtime interactions during childhood and adolescence and eating disorder behaviour through a systematic review of the literature. The method was an asystematic electronic search of PsycInfo, Medline and Web of Knowledge undertaken in April 2012. Ten studies demonstrated a significant relationship between family mealtime interactions and disordered eating behaviour. Families where there is a child with an eating disorder display less positive interactions during mealtimes. While the findings can be linked to family based treatment for anorexia nervosa there is a need for prospective research in this area.