Increasing Healthy Food Choices in Preschoolers using Correspondence Training and Recruiting Natural Communities of Reinforcement
Degree Granting Department
Child and Family Studies
Debra Mowery, Ph.D.
Trevor F. Stokes, Ph.D.
Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D.
Frans van Haaren, Ph.D.
maintenance, cueing, behavior analysis, obesity, preference assessment
Obesity is a contributing factor to many diseases. Unhealthy food choices are a behavior that can lead to obesity. Teaching children to make healthy food choices at an early age could lead to healthy food choices throughout a lifetime, which would mitigate potential for obesity. A number of different treatments have evaluated healthy food choices in children; however, many did not evaluate or show maintenance effects. The purpose of this study was to utilize correspondence training to acquire healthy food choices in preschoolers and to evaluate of natural communities of reinforcement as a maintenance procedure. Results showed that correspondence training is likely to increase healthy food choices in most preschoolers; however, maintenance of healthy snack choices is variable.
Scholar Commons Citation
Wiseman, Elyse D., "Increasing Healthy Food Choices in Preschoolers using Correspondence Training and Recruiting Natural Communities of Reinforcement" (2010). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.