Learning Objective 1: The development of an appropriate survey instrument to assess parental beliefs, attitudes, and practices regarding child feeding among preschool children.
Learning Objective 2: Using confirmatory factor analysis to test the validity and factor structure of the translated version of the Child Feeding Questinnaire.
Methods: Confirmatory factor analysis was used to explore the validity of the translated CFQ to examine child feeding behaviors and attitudes in a sample of 451 parents of Taiwanese preschool children from schools in Hinchu and Taoyuan Counties. The structural equation modeling software Linear Structural Relationships (LISREL) was applied for the confirmatory factor analysis.
Results: The confirmatory factor analysis suggested that adding three error covariances constraint and dropping two items with a low factor loading. After these modifications, the 7-factor model displayed acceptable fit and most items loaded as expected. Internal consistencies for the seven factors were between 0.75 to 0.93.
Conclusion: Our study confirmed the validity and reliability of the translated CFQ to assess child feeding practices and attitudes among parents of Taiwanese preschool children.