Factors Affecting Eating Behaviors of Young Children in Group Settings
The overall purpose of this research is to optimize the mealtime environment when feeding young children in group settings. In order to accomplish this, several approaches will be used. The first approach is to observe young children and teachers/care providers eating in naturalistic settings. The second approach is to survey child care providers about the factors affecting their feeding practices, and using the resulting information to develop and evaluate a Mealtime Rating Scale. These two approaches will result in qualitative and quantitative data that will contribute to optimizing eating environments for young children in group settings. Objective 1 - Identify factors that affect acceptance of novel foods by young children when they eat in group settings. Objective 2 - Identify factors affecting feeding practices of child care providers. Objective 3 - Develop a Mealtime Rating Scale Objective 4 - Identify teacher strategies that facilitate or impede development of reliance on internal hunger and satiation cues by young children in group settings.