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HBSC Canada publishes: Family Dinners, Communication, and Mental Health in Canadian Adolescents

This article considers the weekly frequency of family dinners, ease of parentadolescent communication, and five dimensions of mental health (internalizing and externalizing problems, emotional well-being, prosocial behavior, and life satisfaction) as self-reported by adolescents. A community sample of 26,069 adolescents (aged 11 to 15 years) participated in the 2010 Canadian Health Behaviour of School-aged Children study.  The frequency of family dinners negatively related to internalizing and externalizing symptoms and positively related to emotional well-being, prosocial behavior, and life satisfaction. These associations did not interact with differences in gender, grade level, or family affluence. However, hierarchical regression analyses found that these associations were partially mediated by differences in parentadolescent communication, which explained 13% to 30% of the effect of family dinners on mental health, depending on the outcome. These findings revealed a doseresponse association between the frequency of family dinners and positive and negative dimensions of adolescent mental health. The ease of communication between parents and adolescents accounted for some of this association.

F Elgar, W Craig and S Trites

Available online 24 September 2012

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.07.012

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[27-09-2012 to 05-10-2012]

 


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