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      Mealtime interactions and family relationships of families with children who have cancer in long-term remission and controls.

      Journal of the American Dietetic Association
      Adolescent, Adult, Child, Eating, psychology, Female, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Multivariate Analysis, Neoplasms, drug therapy, Parent-Child Relations, Questionnaires, Remission Induction

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          This study investigated reports of parents (mothers and fathers) of 25 children with cancer in long-term remission and matched neighborhood control families on issues related to the quality of mealtime interactions, and the relationship between parental reports of overall family functioning and the quality of mealtime interactions. Results showed positive correspondence for both groups between fathers' and mothers' reports of favorable family environments (greater cohesion and expressiveness, less conflict) and positive mealtime interactions. No significant differences were found between parents of children with cancer and control parents with regard to mealtime conflicts, current concerns about their child's eating, or satisfaction with the child's food intake. The data demonstrate a moderate relationship between overall family functioning and the quality of mealtime interactions, but suggest a minimal relationship between children with cancer in long-term remission who are at low nutritional risk and the quality of mealtime interactions.

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