A measure of family eating habits: Initial psychometric properties using the profile pattern approach (PPA)

Natalie Klempel, Se Kang Kim, Monique Wilson, Rachel A. Annunziato

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Abstract

Although it seems likely that family characteristics and eating habits are a major factor in the development of eating behaviors, there are no self-report measures that examine how individuals view their family's eating habits. Seventy-one women ages 18-22 were recruited from a private university in a large northeastern city and asked to complete a short questionnaire packet consisting of demographic questions, the newly developed Family Eating Habits Questionnaire (FEHQ) and the Eating Inventory (EI). Internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the FEHQ was established. Significant associations were found between the FEHQ and the EI, indicating convergent validity for the FEHQ. Further validation was conducted using a novel statistical technique, the profile pattern approach (PPA). The results of the present study are limited by the restricted sample characteristic of a university setting. However, our findings show that the family eating habits' measure appears psychometrically sound. A future aim will be to continue validating this instrument in other samples, particularly to determine its predictive value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Eating behaviors
  • Families
  • Profile pattern approach (PPA)
  • Young adult women

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