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Modification of vegetable-eating behavior in preschool children

Authors
Journal
Journal of Nutrition Education
0022-3182
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
4
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3182(72)80018-9

Abstract

Summary Variation of method of preparation and behavior modification were investigated as two methods of increasing the frequency with which preschool children ate cooked vegetables rich in vitamin A or ascorbic acid. While variation of method of preparation had no significant effect on vegetable intake, the use of token reinforcement to modify vegetable-eating behavior proved effective. The token reinforcement system in which the child was given an immediate reward (a gummed sticker in this study) after eating a specified amount of vegetable was thought to be responsible for an increase in the mean intake and the frequency with which the children tasted cooked vegetables.

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