Human Development & Family Sciences Research Colloquium

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Family Meals are a WIndow into Family Life: A Way to Understand the Complex Processes that Underlie Family Functioning


Family meals are a window into family life: a way to understand the complex processes that underlie family functioning. Family meals are also a context where family processes are enacted; an activity in which family members can connect, problem solve, share experiences, and co-construct a sense of identity. Finally, mealtimes are an opportunity for health promotion. Given the potential of family meals to be a factor in resilience, they have often been studied by family and health scholars. Unfortunately, the majority of that research excludes families with autistic children. The research that does exist on these families focuses on the autistic child’s problematic mealtime behavior, especially picky eating. Dr. Sarah Curtiss’ research re-centers the examination of mealtimes as an opportunity for resilience for families with autistic children. She will present the results of a grounded theory study that used mealtime observations, interviews with mothers, and interviews with autistic children to better understand what families do to make their mealtimes functional and meaningful.



Monday, December 7, 2020 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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Academics, College of Education and Human Development



Human Development & Family Sciences


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