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PhD Confirmation Seminar

PhD Confirmation Seminar
Tuesday, 25th November 2008

The Psychosocial Characteristics of Children and Families With and Without Feeding Difficulties: An Intervention Study. Presented by Michelle Adamson - PhD Candidate PFSC
Feeding difficulties commonly emerge during toddlerhood. Indeed, some 25 - 45% of children under the age of four will demonstrate difficulties at mealtimes including eating only a very limited range of foods, refusing new foods or not eating enough. Sequelae for the child and family can be significant, and may include impaired growth, malnutrition, parental stress and reduced social participation. Behavioural interventions have been shown to be efficacious in ameliorating feeding difficulties; however the literature to date has consisted primarily of case study methodology, focused on children with medical and/or developmental comorbidity, and using therapists as primary agents of change. In contrast, training parents in behavioural techniques is more likely to result in change in the home environment, may be more cost-effective, and addresses maladaptive parenting strategies identified amongst parents of children with feeding difficulties, including the provision of less specific instruction, negative comments about eating and little or poorly timed praise. Group delivery of parenting interventions may provide further advantage in facilitating reciprocal support and feedback between parents, and normalising parent concerns. The literature is yet to provide compelling evidence of the efficacy of group-based, behavioural parent training for normally developing toddlers with feeding difficulties, particularly with regard to outcomes beyond child feeding behaviours. The current research will thus comprise: a) piloting of a newly-developed measure of toddler feeding difficulties; b) investigation of the psychosocial correlates of toddlers and families with and without feeding difficulties; and c) a randomised controlled trial of Fuss-Free Mealtimes Triple P

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