ERIC Number: EJ1033765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of External Sources of Information in Children's Evaluative Food Categories
Nguyen, Simone P.
Infant and Child Development, v21 n2 p216-235 Mar-Apr 2012
Evaluative food categories are value-laden assessments, which reflect the healthfulness and palatability of foods (e.g. healthy/unhealthy, yummy/yucky). In a series of three studies, this research examines how 3- to 4-year-old children (N?=?147) form evaluative food categories based on input from external sources of information. The results indicate that children prefer to ask a mom and teacher over a cartoon and child for information about the evaluative status of foods. However, children are cautious to accept information about healthy foods from all of the external sources compared with unhealthy, yummy and yucky foods. The results also indicate that providing information about the positive taste of healthy foods helps to encourage children to select healthy foods to eat. Taken together, these results have potential implications for children's health and nutrition education.
Descriptors: Information Sources, Food, Childhood Attitudes, Information Seeking, Health Behavior, Preferences, Health Education, Nutrition Instruction, Questionnaires, Interviews, Scores, Mothers, Cartoons, Toddlers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: HD055222-02