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How is satisfaction with food-related life conceptualized? A comparison between parents and their adolescent children in dual-headed households

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  • Berta Schnettler, Universidad de la Frontera, Departamento de Producción Agropecuaria, Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Chile
  • Clementina Hueche, Universidad de la Frontera
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  • Joel Andrades , Universidad de la Frontera
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  • Gastón Ares, Universidad de la República Facultad de Química
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  • Miranda Horacio, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile
  • Ligia Orellana, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile
  • Klaus G Grunert
Satisfaction with food-related life (SWFRL) is one component of satisfaction with life. Although researchers have
identified associations between satisfaction with food-related life and specific food behaviours, it is still not clear
how consumers conceptualize this complex construct. The aims of the present study were to explore consumers’
conceptualization of SWFRL, to compare how parents and adolescents in dual-headed households perceive
SWFRL, and to identify aspects that would increase their SWFRL. One-hundred and sixty-four dual families
composed of mother, father, and at least one adolescent child between 10 and 17 years of age participated in the
study. They completed a word association task with “Being satisfied with my food-related life” and completed
the sentence “I would be more satisfied with my food-related life if…”. Participants’ responses were aligned with
the formal definition of SWFRL. References to specific foods and food characteristics were also mentioned in the
word association task. No significant differences were found between parents and adolescents in the frequency of
mention of responses related to the identified categories and supra-categories, suggesting lack of differences in
their conceptualization of SWFRL. Changes in eating behaviours and individuals’ resources for purchasing and
preparing foods were regarded as the main factors that could increase SWFRL. Differences between family
members were found in some of the aspects associated with an increase in SWFRL. Results from this study can
aid in the development of strategies for promoting changes in eating habits and increasing SWFRL, targeted at
different family members
Original languageEnglish
Article number104021
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

    Research areas

  • ASSOCIATIONS, Eating habits, Family, Satisfaction with food-related life, Well-being, Word association

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