Relationships between temperament and eating behaviours in young children


This study examined the associations between eating behaviours and temperament in a sample of young children. Mothers (N=241) of children aged 3-8 years completed measures of their children's eating behaviours and temperament and reported their child's height and weight. Children with more emotional temperaments were reported to display more food avoidant eating behaviours. Shyness, sociability and activity were not related to children's eating behaviours. Higher child BMI was related to more food approach eating behaviours but BMI was unrelated to child temperament. Future research should explore more specifically how emotional temperaments might influence child eating behaviour.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Appetite. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Haycraft, E, Farrow, C, Meyer, C, Powell, F & Blissett, J, 'Relationships between temperament and eating behaviours in young children' Appetite, vol 56, no. 3 (2011) DOI
Uncontrolled Keywords: questionnaires,body height,child behavior,child nutritional physiological phenomena,humans,social behavior,child,body mass index,feeding behavior,body weight,temperament,fFmale,male,emotionality,overweight,fussy eating,feeding problems,eating behaviour ,shyness,sociability,activity
Publication ISSN: 1095-8304
Last Modified: 31 May 2024 07:11
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 12:09
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2011-06
Authors: Haycraft, Emma
Farrow, Claire (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3745-6610)
Meyer, Caroline
Powell, Faye
Blissett, Jackie



Version: Accepted Version

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