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Family Dinner References

Posted on: January 28th, 2021 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D


Interested in learning more about the benefits of family dinner? Check out these resources:

Barton, A.W., Nrody, G.H., Yu, T., Kogan, S.M., Chen, E., Erhlich, K.B. (2019). The profundity of the everyday: Family routines in adolescence predict development in young adulthood. Journal of Adolescent Health, 64(3): 340-346.

Berge, J.M, Wall, M., Hsueh, T.F., Fulkerson, J.A., Larson, N., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2015). The protective role of family meals for youth obesity: 10-year longitudinal associations. J Pediatrics, 166(2): 296-301.

Berge, J.M., MacLehose, B.G., Loth, E.A., Eisenberg, M.E., Fulkerson, J.A., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2012). Family meals: Associations with weight and eating behaviors among fathers and mothers. Appetite, 58(3): 1128-1135

Berge, J.M., Miller, J., Watts, A., Larson, N., Loth, K.A., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2018) Intergenerational transmission of family meal patterns from adolescence to parenthood: Longitudinal associations with parents’ dietary intake, weight-related behaviors and psychosocial well-being. Public Health Nutrition 21(2): 299-308.

Blake, C.E., Wethington, E., Farrell, T.J., Bisogni, CA., Devine, C.M. (2011). Behavioral contexts, food-choice coping strategies, and dietary quality of a multiethnic sample of employed parents. J. Am. Diet Assoc. 111: 401-407.


Bradshaw, C. (2014). The role of families in preventing and buffering the effects of bullying. JAMA Pediatrics, 168: 991-993.; Elgar, E., Neapoletano, A., Saul, G., Dirks, M., Craig, W. et al, (2014). Cyberbullying victimization and mental health in adolescents and the moderating role of family dinner. JAMA Pediatrics, 168: 1015-1022.


Coon KA, Goldberg J, Rogers BL, Tucker KL(2001). Relationships between use of television during meals and children’s food consumption patterns. Pediatrics, 107: e7.


Coulthard, H., Thakker, D. (2015). Enjoyment of tactile play is associated with lower frequency of neophobia in preschool children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115: 1134-1140.

Dallacker, M, Hertwig, R, Mata, J. (2019). Quality matters: a meta-analysis on components of healthy family meals. Health Psychology, 18(12): 1137-1140

Do Amaral e Melo, G., Silva, P.O., Nakabayahsi, J., Bandeira (2020). Family meal frequency and its association with food consumption and nutritional status in adolescents: A systematic review. Plos one. Retrieved from https://journals.plos.org/plosone/articleid=10.1371/journal.pone.0239274

Duke, M.P., Lazarus, A., Fivush, R. (2008). Knowledge of family history as a clinically useful index of psychological well-being and prognosis: a brief report. Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 45: 268-272.


Eisenberg, M.E., Olson, R.E., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Story, M., Bearinger, L.H. (2004). Correlations between family meals and psychosocial well-being among adolescents. Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, 158(8): 792-796


Eisenberg, M.E., Neumark-Sztainer, D., Fulkerson, J.A., Story, M. (2008). Family meals and substance abuse: Is there a long-term protective association? Journal of Adolescent Health, 43: 145-151


Elgar, F.J., Craig, W., Trites, S.J. (2014) Family dinners, communications, and mental health in Canadian adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(4): 433-438


Fiese, BH, Schwartz,M (2008). Reclaiming the family table: Mealtimes and child health and wellbeing. Social Policy Report, Vo. XXII: No. IV, 3-20.


Fiese, BH, Winter MA, Botti JC. (2011). The ABCs of family mealtimes: Observational lessons for promoting healthy outcomes for children. Child Development. 82 (1): 133-145.


Fiese, B. (2006). Family Routines and Rituals. New Haven, CT: Yale University.


Fishel, A. (2015) Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids. New York, NY: Harper Collins.


Fishel, A. (2016) Harnessing the power of family dinners to create change in family therapy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 7: 514-527.


Fulkerson, J.A., Story, M., Mellin, A., Leffert, N. Neumark-Sztainer, D., French, S.A. (2006). Family dinner meal frequency and adolescent development: Relationships with developmental assets and high-risk behaviors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39 (3): 337-345.


Fulkerson, J.A., Larson, N., Horning, M., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2014). A review of associations between family or shared meal frequency and dietary and weight status outcomes across the lifespan. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46 (1): 2-19.


Gable, S, Chang Y, Krull, JL. (2017). Television watching and frequency of family meals are predictive of overweight onset and persistence in a national sample of school-age children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 107:53-61.


Galloway, A.T., Fiorita, L.M., Francis, L.A., Birch, L.L. (2006). ‘Finish your soup’: counterproductive effects of pressuring children to eat on intake and affect. Appetite, 46(3): 3180323.


Gilman M.W, Rifas-Shiman, S.L., Frazier, A.L., Rocket, H., Camrago, C.A., Feld, A.E., Berkey, C.S. and Colditz (2000). Family dinner and diet quality among older children and adolescents. Archives of Family Medicine, 9: 235-240.


Harbec, M.J., Pagani, L.S. (2018). Associations between early family meal environment quality and later well-being in school-age children. J Dev Behav Pediatrics, 39: 136-143


Hofferth, S.L., Sandberg, J.F. (2001). How American children spend their time. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63 (2): 295-308


Khoury, M., Manlhior, C., Gibson, D., Stearne, N., Chahal, N. Dobbin, S., McCrindle, B. (2015). Evaluation of the associations between buying lunch at school, eating at restaurants, and eating together as a family and cardiometabolic risk in adolescents. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 31: S266-S267.


Larson, D., Neumark-Sztainer, Hannan, P.J., Story, M. (2007). Family meals during adolescence are associated with higher diet quality and healthful meal patterns during young adulthood. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 107: 1502-1510.


Markson S, Fiese B. (2000). Family rituals as a protective factor for children with asthma. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 25(7): 471-479.


Mascola, A, J., Bryson, S.W., Agras, W.S., (2010). Picky eating during childhood: a longitudinal study to age 11 years Eat Behav. 11(4): 253-257.


McAdams, D., Reynolds, J., Lewis, M., Patten, A., Boswman, P. (2001). When bad things turn good and good things turn bad: sequences of redemption and contamination in life narrative and their relation to psychosocial adaptation in midlife adults and in students. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27: 474-485.


Miller, D.P., Waldfogel, J., Han, W.J. (2012). Family meals and child academic and behavioral outcomes. Child Development, 83: 2104-2120


Neumark-Sztainer, D., Eisenberg, M.E., Fulkerson, J.A., Story, M., Larson, N. (2008). Family meals and disordered eating in adolescents. Archive Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 162(21): 17-22


National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) (2007). The importance of family dinners, accessed 25 April 2016


The National Center on Addiction and Substance abuse (CASA), (2011), The Importance of family dinners, VIII


Peterson, C., Jesso, B., McCabe, A (1999). Encouraging narratives in preschoolers: An intervention study. Journal of Child Language, 26: 49-67.


Satter, Ellen (2008). Secrets of Feeding a Health Family, 2nd edition. New York, NY: Kelcy Press.


Sen, B. (2010) The relationship between frequency of family dinner and adolescent problem behavior after adjusting for other family characteristics. Journal of Adolescence, 33: 187-196


Snow, C.E., Beals, D.E. (2006). Mealtime that supports literacy development. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 11, 51-66.


Sullivan, S.A., Birch, L.L. (1990) ‘Pass the sugar, pass the salt’: Experience dictates preference. Developmental Psychology, 26: 546-551.

The Family Dinner Project (2019). Eat, Laugh, Talk!: The Family Dinner Playbook. Sanger, CA: Familius.


Utter, J., Denny, S., Robinson, E., Fleming, T., Ameratunga, S, Grant, S. (2013). Family meals and the well-being of adolescents. Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, 49 (11): 906-911.


Utter, J., Larsen, N., Berge, J.M., Eisenberg, M.E., Fulkerson, J.A., Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2018). Family meals among parents: Associations with nutritional, social and emotional wellbeing. Preventive Medicine, 113: 7-12

Walton, K., Horton, N. J., Rifas-Shiman, S. L., Field, A. E., Austin, S. B., Haycraft, E., Breen, A., & Haines, J. (2018). Exploring the Role of Family Functioning in the Association Between Frequency of Family Dinners and Dietary Intake Among Adolescents and Young Adults. JAMA Network Open, 1(7):e185217. Retrieved from https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2715616

Watts, A, Berge, JM, Loth, K et al. (2017) The transmission of family food and mealtime practices from adolescence to adulthood: longitudinal findings from Project EAT-IV. J Nutr Educ Behav 50: 141–147

Wolfson, J.A., Bleich, S.N. (2015) Is cooking at home associated with better dietary quality of weight-loss intention? Public Health Nutrition, 18: 1397-1406.