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Title: Social influences on children's and adolescents' eating behaviour
Author: Sharps, Maxine Adele
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2016
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Abstract:
This thesis aimed to examine how children's and adolescents' eating behaviour is socially influenced by their parents and their peers. Chapter 2 aimed to examine whether there was evidence that adolescents may mimic their parent when eating a lunchtime meal together. Chapter 2 showed that adolescents may mimic their parent when eating together, looking to their parents to determine what to eat and when. Chapters 3-5 aimed to examine whether perceived eating norms influenced children's eating behaviour, the mechanisms underlying this influence, and whether perceived eating norms in the form of messages may be used as an intervention tool. Across chapters 3 and 4 perceived eating norms influenced children's vegetable consumption. In addition, in Chapter 4 the perceived eating norm continued to influence children's eating behaviour in an eating session twenty-four hours later. Furthermore, Chapter 4 found that perceived eating norms may act as a form of informational social influence, through removing uncertainty about how much to eat. Finally, Chapter 5 showed that perceived eating norm messages may be a potential way of increasing children's fruit and vegetable intake. We argued that children's and adolescents' eating behaviour is socially influenced by their parents and their peers, and that interventions could make use of perceived eating norms to increase children's fruit and vegetable intake.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.721959  DOI: Not available
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