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dc.contributor.authorStratton, Jessica Nicoleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:34:11Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:34:11Z
dc.date.issued2008-04-15en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-04242008-141138en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/31878
dc.description.abstractObjective: To determine the impact of preschool teacher food-related attitudes and behaviors on child food behaviors. Design: A twelve-week intervention and observational study with teachers completing questionnaires before and after the intervention. Setting: Head Start classrooms throughout Virginia. Participants: 177 preschool Head Start teachers and 1534 children. Intervention(s): Food Friends, a twelve-week social marketing campaign, was conducted by Head Start teachers during the Spring 2007, introducing children to novel foods with food puppets, nutrition-related activities and novel food tasting opportunities. Hypotheses related to the impact of preschool teachersâ food-related attitudes and behaviors on childrenâ s food behaviors were tested, and changes in teacher and child food behaviors were measured. Main Outcome Measures: Teacher food-related attitudes and behaviors were measured/quantified. Child food behaviors were measured and compared to teacher attitudes and behaviors. Analysis: Descriptive, correlational and t-test statistics were conducted. Results: Teachersâ and childrenâ s acceptance of novel foods improved after the Food Friends program, however, no direct correlations were found between teacher food-related attitudes and behaviors and child food behaviors. Conclusions and Implications: Preschool teacher attitudes and behaviors may not significantly impact child food-related behaviors. More research is needed to determine effective ways of encouraging positive child food behaviors.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartJessica_Stratton_Thesis.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectFood Friendsen_US
dc.subjectHead Starten_US
dc.subjectteachersen_US
dc.subjectpreschoolen_US
dc.subjectfood neophobiaen_US
dc.titleExamination of Head Start students' and teachers' attitudes and behaviors toward trying new foods as part of a social marketing campaignen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Nutrition, Foods, and Exerciseen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Nutrition, Foods, and Exerciseen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairSerrano, Elena L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFu, Victoria R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHosig, Kathryn Wrighten_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04242008-141138/en_US
dc.date.sdate2008-04-24en_US
dc.date.rdate2008-05-13
dc.date.adate2008-05-13en_US


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