Training Children to Eat Independently: Evaluation of Mealtime Management Training for Parents

Dadds, Mark R., Sanders, Matthew R. and Bor, William (1984) Training Children to Eat Independently: Evaluation of Mealtime Management Training for Parents. Behavioural Psychotherapy, 12 4: 356-366. doi:10.1017/S0141347300011423

Author Dadds, Mark R.
Sanders, Matthew R.
Bor, William
Title Training Children to Eat Independently: Evaluation of Mealtime Management Training for Parents
Journal name Behavioural Psychotherapy
ISSN 0141-3473
Publication date 1984
Year available 1984
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0141347300011423
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 356
End page 366
Total pages 12
Place of publication London
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Subject 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
380100 Psychology
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Abstract This study assessed the effects of training the parents of children displaying problematic eating behaviors in child management skills. Specifically, parents were taught to apply a range of management procedures, e.g. differential reinforcement, behavior correction routines, extinction and time out, to their child's behavior during mealtimes. Subjects were four families, each of which contained a child displaying high rates of disruptive behavior, e.g. non-compliance, complaining, leaving the table during mealtimes, and low rates of food consumption. Each family underwent baseline, mealtime management training (M. M. T.), follow- up conditions within a multiple baseline across families' design. Home observations were conducted four nights each week, during the families' evening meal, and the dependent measures recorded were child behaviour, eating responses, and weight of food eaten. The results showed that M.M.T. was effective in decreasing disruptive behaviour for three of the four families. The fourth family also required home feedback training which resulted in a marked decrease in disruptive behavior. Changes in eating responses were less marked and highly variable among individual families. Follow- up results and the implications for clinical practice are discussed.
Keyword mealtime management training
differential reinforcement
behavior correction routine
behaviour correction routine
disruptive behaviour
disruptive behavior
home observation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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