Development and validation of the Family Health Behavior Scale

Jennette Palcic Moreno, Mary Lou Kelley, David N. Landry, Valerie Paasch, Meredith A. Terlecki, Craig A. Johnston, John P. Foreyt

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Objective. The purpose of the current study was to develop a psychometrically sound, parent-report measure of family and child behaviors related to obesity in children between 5- and 12-years-old. Methods. Item generation, item selection, and initial exploratory factor analysis yielded a 27-item measure called the Family Health Behavior Scale (FHBS). Results. The FHBS contains four subscales measuring health-promoting family behaviors, obesogenic behaviors, meal-time routines, and family physical activity habits. Parent ratings on the FHBS were shown to predict their child's weight classification. The FHBS also demonstrated adequate internal consistency and temporal stability. Conclusions. The results of the study suggest that the FHBS is a promising measure of family eating and physical activity habits related to obesity in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e480-e486
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Obesity
Issue number2 -2
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Child
  • Eating
  • Family
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Health Policy
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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