Family Dinner Meal Frequency and Adolescent Development: Relationships with Developmental Assets and High-Risk Behaviors

Authors:Newmark-Sztainer, D., Fulkerson, J. A., Story, M., Mellin, A. and French, S. A.
Same research group this time using a survey sent out to just shy of 100,000 Grade 12 students attempting to correlate high-risk behaviors and lack of family meals. While it would be wrong to suggest that restrictive eating disorders are an expression of a high-risk behavior, clearly family meals have several protective elements for adolescents and their maturation process into adulthood.