Correlations between family meals and psychosocial well-being among adolescents.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between frequency of family meals and multiple indicators of adolescent health and well-being (tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use; academic performance; self-esteem; depressive symptoms; and suicide involvement) after controlling for family connectedness. METHODS: Data come from a 1998-1999 school-based survey of 4746 adolescents from ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities in the Minneapolis/St Paul, Minn, metropolitan area. Logistic regression, controlling for family connectedness and sociodemographic variables, was used to identify relationships between family meals and adolescent health behaviors. RESULTS: Approximately one quarter (26.8%) of respondents ate 7 or more family meals in the past week, and approximately one quarter (23.1%) ate family meals 2 times or less. Frequency of family meals was inversely associated with tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use; low grade point average; depressive symptoms; and suicide involvement after controlling for family connectedness (odds ratios, 0.76-0.93). CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest that eating family meals may enhance the health and well-being of adolescents. Public education on the benefits of family mealtime is recommended.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Eisenberg, ME; Olson, RE; Neumark-Sztainer, D; Story, M; Bearinger, LH

Published Date

  • August 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 158 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 792 - 796

PubMed ID

  • 15289253

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1072-4710

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archpedi.158.8.792


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States