The Influence of Family Foodways on Young Adult Food Security

Noura Insolera , University of Michigan
Julia Wolfson, University of Michigan
Alicia Cohen, University of Michigan

This study examines of the influence of childhood food involvement and parental nutritional knowledge on food insecurity in young adulthood. We used data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and its Original Childhood Development Supplement (CDS). Our balanced panel (n=1,047) is comprised of individuals who were 2-12 years old in 1997, had data on SNAP and income from 1984-2015, food insecurity data in 2015/2017, and were living independently by 2015. We estimated logistic models using sample, cluster and strata weights to generate nationally representative results. We see a statistically significant protective association of child time spent preparing food (0.43 odds) during middle childhood (in 1997 and 2002) on food insecurity risk in 2015-2017, as well as a protective association for those whose parents have a high level of parental nutritional knowledge, as reported in the PSID in 1999.

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 Presented in Session 9. Marriage, Family, Households, & Unions; Gender, Race, & Ethnicity