Child learning and family mealtime environment, parenting style and family functioning among preschoolers in Hong Kong

Man Cynthia Leung, Sing Kai Lo, Sandra Tsang, Ruth Chan

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A two-wave longitudinal study on 470 parent–child dyads examined the impact of family mealtime environment, parenting style and family functioning on preschoolers’ (three to six years old) learning. Measures included parent report on parenting style, family functioning, family meal frequency, mealtime television, feeding practice, teacher/parent report of academic competence and individual assessment of preschoolers’ preschool concepts. Family mealtime environment variables were associated with pre-schoolers’ learning, in addition to parenting style and family functioning, after controlling for family income and wave 1 preschoolers’ learning. The results highlighted the importance of family mealtime environment on preschoolers’ learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-82
Number of pages14
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017


  • Child learning
  • family
  • parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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