Family Resiliency Center | Illinois



Household Food Insecurity: Serious Concerns for Child Development

This report, co-authored by Dr. Barbara Fiese, Dr. Craig Gundersen, Brenda Koester, and LaTesha Washington, reviews current research on food insecurity, how food insecurity is measured , the incidence and prevalence of food insecurity, and the harmful consequences for children's development.

The report also discusses the important role private and public food assistance programs play in combatting food insecurity.

The full report is available as a download here as well as a corresponding brief which is available on the SRCD web site.

Fiese, B., Gundersen, C., Koester, B., Washington, L. (2011). Household food insecurity:  Serious concerns for child development.  Society for Research in Child Development Social Policy Report. 25, 3.


The Family Dinner Table: Implications for Children's Health and Wellbeing

This report, co-authored by Family Resiliency Center Director Dr. Barbara H. Fiese, highlights research findings on family mealtimes that suggest that sharing a meal regularly can boost children's health and wellbeing, reduce the likelihood that they'll become obese or use drugs, and increase the chances they'll do well in school.

The report highlights policy implications for federal, state, and local governments; food advertising and marketing industry; and cities, communities and families.

The full report. is available on the SRCD website.

Fiese, Barbara H. and Schwartz, Marlene. (2008) The Family Dinner Table: Implications for Children's Health and Wellbeing. Social Policy Report. Society for Research in Child Development. v22. Issue 4.