The nature of selective eating in children

Carol Ann Smith

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Four studies were conducted to further knowledge of the little understood phenomenon of selective eating (SE). Study 1 found that parent reported prevalence of SE in a community sample was 6.72%, that SE decreased with age but was not related to gender. When compared with an objective measure of dietary adequacy parent report was found to be unreliable. Given the frailty of parent report, Study 3 developed an objective dietary measure of SE. Study 4 identified psychological factors associated with SE, and found that child (anxiety, OCD, behavioural issues) and parent (monitoring, stress/anxiety/depression) factors differentiated SE's from normal eaters .
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • McLean, Neil, Supervisor
Award date24 Apr 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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