Parenting style as longitudinal predictor of adolescents' health behaviors in Lebanon

J. Hayek*, M. Tueni, F. Schneider, H. de Vries

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Abstract

This prospective study aimed to examine how parenting style relates to health behaviors and body mass index of Lebanese adolescents while checking for interactive effect of child characteristics (age and gender). About 341 students from private and public schools in Mount Lebanon and Beirut area, aged between 16 and 18 years, completed a self-administered survey assessing socio-demographics, parenting styles and health behaviors. Adolescents were surveyed at two time points, six months apart. Anthropometric measurements were also taken. Authoritative parenting was associated with better outcomes compared to the neglectful style. Adolescents raised with an authoritative style had higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet and lower consumption of alcohol intake. Parenting style was a significant predictor of eating behavior and alcohol intake of Lebanese adolescent. Interventions aiming at improving health behaviors should also encompass healthy parenting style strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-115
Number of pages16
JournalHealth Education Research
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • BODY-MASS INDEX
  • ALCOHOL-USE
  • PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
  • CHILDHOOD OVERWEIGHT
  • MEDITERRANEAN DIET
  • YOUNG ADOLESCENTS
  • FEEDING PRACTICES
  • FAMILY-STRUCTURE
  • SUBSTANCE USE
  • CHILDREN

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