• Rachael Jones, Univ. of Minnesota
  • Jeffry Simpson, Univ. of Minnesota
  • Alexander Rothman, Univ. of Minnesota
This study examines how parents allowing their teens to eat junk food to cheer them up leads to greater teen unhealthy eating behavior. Results showed that increased parental allowance of junk food to soothe their upset teens led to both less self-efficacy to limit junk food intake and more frequent emotional eating in teens, which then led to more unhealthy eating behavior.