The relationship of parents' food preferences to children's food preferences

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Sally McCartney Stephens (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Helen Canaday

Abstract: The purposes of this study were to determine if parents' food preferences are related to children's food preferences, to determine if parents assume that their food preferences are shared by their children, and to determine if parents' food preferences may decrease children's chances of eating a balanced diet. Information was also collected concerning how parents predict children's food preferences. Participants in the study were 25 three- and four- year-old children attending the Nursery School in the Department of Child Development and Family Relations, School of Home Economics, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The parents of the 25 children also participated in the study. Questionnaires were sent to the parents asking them to individually rate their preference for foods listed and to estimate their child's preference for the same foods. Parents were instructed to refrain from discussing their answers with their spouse or with the child or children. One parent was also asked to complete a three day dietary recall of all foods eaten at home by the child or children.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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