Children's Feeding Problems in Relation to the Food Aversions in the Family

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ALTHOUGH the fundamental importance of psychological factors in feeding problems is quite generally emphasized in the literature, a rather careful search has failed to reveal any studies presenting data on possible causative psychological factors. Most of the psychological causes to which feedmg problems are attributed are inferred from successful remedial training measures. Practically no quantitative data seem to be available on the problem in the home situation or on the influence of the food habits and attitudes of others in the household on the feedmg habits of the child. The present study was undertaken to investigate the food preferences and aversions of a group of young children, and to determme their relationships to food aversions among members of their families. In an attempt to throw light on some of the psychological factors underlying children's feeding problems attention has been devoted to 1) the kinds of food offered to a group of feeding problem cases and to a similar group of normal eaters, 2) the kinds of food most frequently liked, disliked and refused by each group and the frequencies of these attitudes in each group, 3) the relation between age and attitude toward food, 4) the frequency of identical child and family food dislikes, and 5) frequencies of identical child-parent and of identical child-sibling food aversions.

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  • Dorothea McCarthy

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