ACSPRI Conferences, ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2010

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Construct validation of the Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire (CFPQ) in an Australian sample.

Michael John Kiernan

Building: Holme Building
Room: Cullen Room
Date: 2010-12-03 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Last modified: 2010-11-17


The availability of foods for young children is determined by the preferences, beliefs and feeding practices of their parents. Early food exposure and the ways in which parents structure and encourage feeding has been found to impact on their children’s later dietary and eating behaviour. The Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire (CFPQ) (Musher-Eizenman & Holub, 2007) was developed to measure parental feeding practices and potentially provides a valuable assessment tool for researchers, educators and clinicians working within the child feeding domain. The CFPQ was initially developed and validated using American samples. It is important, therefore, that the factor structure of this scale be validated in independent studies, and also that its validity for other populations be confirmed. The current study used confirmatory factor analysis to confirm the construct validity of the CFPQ in an Australian sample. 162 mothers and 12 fathers of children aged 1 to 5 years (90 girls, 78 boys) completed the 49 item CFPQ. Some items had been modified to be consistent with Australian food names. The results indicated that there was an acceptable fit (RMSEA = .056) for the 12 factor structure of the CFPQ. Only seven of the 12 factors had internal consistency reliabilities (Chronback’s alpha) above .7 (with the highest = .895), and one-month test-retest reliabilities indicated the factors were relatively stable across time. Methods for improving the psychometric properties of the CFPQ are considered, and its potential usefulness in research and clinical settings is explored. Limitations of the current study are also considered.