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Feeding beliefs and practices of Chinese immigrant mothers : validation of a modified version of the child feeding questionnaire

By Wei-Hong Liu, Kimberley M. Mallan, Seema Mihrshahi and Lynne Daniels

Abstract

The Child Feeding Questionnaire (CFQ) developed by Birch and colleagues (2001) is a widely used tool for measuring parental feeding beliefs, attitudes and practices. However, the appropriateness of the CFQ for use with Chinese populations is unknown. This study tested the construct validity of a novel Chinese version of the CFQ using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Participants included a convenience sample of 254 Chinese-Australian mothers of children aged 1-4 years. Prior to testing, the questionnaire was translated into Chinese using a translation-back-translation method, one item was re-worded to be culturally appropriate, a new item was added (monitoring), and five items that were not age-appropriate for the sample were removed. Based on previous literature, both a 7-factor and an 8-factor model were assessed via CFA. Results showed that the 8-factor model, which separated restriction and use of food rewards, improved the conceptual clarity of the constructs and provided a good fit to the data. Internal consistency of all eight factors was acceptable (Cronbach’s α: .60−.93). This modified 8-factor CFQ appears to be a linguistically and culturally appropriate instrument for assessing feeding beliefs and practices in Chinese-Australian mothers of young children

Topics: 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified, Child Feeding Questionnaire, Chinese immigrants, Confirmatory factor analysis, Feeding practices
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.04.030
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:71099

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