Relationship Between Psychosocial Functioning and Body Fat in Preschool Children: A Longitudinal Investigation

Robert C. Klesges, C. Keith Haddock, Risa J. Stein, Lisa M. Klesges, Linda H. Eck, Cindy L. Hanson

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Abstract

This study examined whether preschool children differed on measures of psychosocial functioning both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. One hundred and thirty-two children who varied in levels of body fat participated in the study along with their natural parents. Results indicated that the children did not differ in levels of self-esteem and family functioning as a function of their body fat. Prospectively, physical self-esteem weakly (but significantly) correlated with body fat at 1 and 2 years, and father's perception of family functioning predicted body fat at 1 year only. Results suggested that childhood obesity may not develop as a result of psychosocial factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-796
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume60
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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