A qualitative investigation of teachers' information, motivation, and behavioral skills for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in preschoolers

Mita, Satoko C., Li, Eileena and Goodell, L. Suzanne (2013) A qualitative investigation of teachers' information, motivation, and behavioral skills for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45 6: 793-799. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2013.05.001

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Author Mita, Satoko C.
Li, Eileena
Goodell, L. Suzanne
Title A qualitative investigation of teachers' information, motivation, and behavioral skills for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in preschoolers
Journal name Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1499-4046
1878-2620
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.05.001
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 45
Issue 6
Start page 793
End page 799
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Language eng
Subject 2701 Medicine (miscellaneous)
2916 Nutrition and Dietetics
Abstract Objective: Using the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills model as a framework, researchers qualitatively assessed preschool teachers' perceived motivation, facilitators, and barriers related to getting preschool children to eat fruits and vegetables (FV). Methods: Individual, semi-structured interviews with 28 Head Start teachers in central North Carolina. Results: Participants reported the need for FV-related information (Information) to improve FV consumption in children, perceived themselves to be parents at school (Motivation), and reported using conditional rewards and punishment statements to get preschoolers to eat FV (Behavioral Skills). Conclusions and Implications: Nutrition educators may use the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills model to develop education materials targeting increases in preschoolers' FV consumption. To motivate preschool teachers who see themselves as parents at school (Motivation), nutrition educators can provide teachers with FV-related information that was reported as their needs (Information), and supportive feeding practices (Behavioral Skills) to get preschoolers to consume FV.
Keyword Child
Child care
Fruit
Motivation
Preschool
Vegetables
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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