The purpose of this study was to determine how various family mealtime practices influence family dynamics. The objectives were to determine the frequency of meals per week consumed as a family, which meal was typically consumed together, influencing factors on why families do or do not choose to eat together, and the extent to which the participants perceived that family meal time strengthens the family unit. Participants (n=50) in the study completed a self-administered survey that consisted of questions regarding current family mealtime practices, as well as general questions about the family unit. Results indicated that family meals have the potential to contribute positively to the family unit. Further research comparing family characteristics of those who do consume family meals to those who don't is warranted.
Schwarz, Lindsay A. and Burns, Melanie, "Effects of Family Mealtime Practices on Household Inhabitants" (2005). Faculty Research & Creative Activity. 26.