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Assessing family-based feeding strategies, strengths, and mealtime structure with the Feeding Strategies Questionnaire. J Pediatr Psychol 2011 Jun;36(5):586-95



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2-s2.0-79952229311   41 Citations


OBJECTIVE: Develop a questionnaire to assess family-based feeding strategies, strengths, and mealtime structure for use with children with feeding problems; validate this new instrument with caregivers of young children from the community and a specialty feeding-clinic; and examine preliminary evidence for reliability and validity.

METHODS: Community caregivers (n = 702) and caregivers seeking services at a pediatric feeding specialty clinic (n = 288) completed the Feeding Strategies Questionnaire (FSQ). A smaller portion of these families also completed an established feeding measure.

RESULTS: Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to develop and validate the FSQ factor structure that resulted in six scales: Mealtime Structure, Consistent Mealtime Schedule, Child Control of Intake, Parent Control of Intake, Between Meal Grazing and Encourages Clean Plate. Evidence of reliability and validity was obtained.

CONCLUSION: It appears the FSQ can aid the assessment of feeding strategies relevant to the prevention or treatment of pediatric feeding difficulties.

Author List

Berlin KS, Davies WH, Silverman AH, Rudolph CD


W. Hobart Davies Professor & Chair in the Phychology department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Alan Silverman PhD Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Child, Preschool
Feeding Behavior
Feeding and Eating Disorders of Childhood
Parent-Child Relations
Reproducibility of Results
Surveys and Questionnaires