Assessing the impact of an exposure-based intervention on elementary students' liking, willingness to try and tasting of three new fruits

Roberts, Kara D. (2010) Assessing the impact of an exposure-based intervention on elementary students' liking, willingness to try and tasting of three new fruits. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study sought to assess elementary students' liking, willingness to try and tasting of three fruits introduced through their school's breakfast program. Students (n=325) from seven schools completed pre-tested questionnaires asking if they liked and were willing to try three test fruits [time 0]. These questionnaires were repeated eight weeks later [time 1]. Students were then offered each fruit 1x/week for eight weeks. Students completed the same questionnaires after this intervention [time 2] and after a 10 week follow-up period [time 3]. Fifty-seven percent (571/1002) of students returned signed parental/guardian consent forms. Of these students, 57% (325/571) completed all four sets of questionnaires. Although no significant increases in liking and willingness to try the test fruits were found, trends suggest the intervention may improve school children's tasting of the fruits offered. Recommendations from this study may be useful when designing future research of this nature.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9059
Item ID: 9059
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 109-120).
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: 2010
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Children--Nutrition--Newfoundland and Labrador--Psychological aspects; Food preferences in children--Newfoundland and Labrador; Fruit
Medical Subject Heading: Psychology, Child--Newfoundland and Labrador; Food Preferences--psychology--Newfoundland and Labrador; Fruit

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