If you are coming to the Infant and Child Laboratory to take part in a study, why not have lunch with us while you are here?
Dr Blissett is about to set up a study which looks at how parents introduce new foods to their children. We know that children vary in how readily they will try new foods, from the child who refuses any new foods to the child who will try everything. Parents also vary in the strategies they use to encourage their children to try new things.
This study is designed to look at the strategies that parents use, and how they interact with characteristics of the child to encourage trying new foods.
You can take part in these studies if your child is between 12 months and 5 years old. You would come to the lab for a lunchtime or afternoon meal, during which time you will be asked to introduce a new food to your child. You may be asked to do this as you would normally do it, or we may ask you to try one of our 'test' strategies.
The new food is likely to be something bland such as tofu or ackee (fruit). You would be video recorded whilst eating and would be asked to fill in some questionnaires about yourself and your child.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact the Infant and Child Laboratory and we will send you further information about the study as soon as it is ready to begin. Of course, if you enquire about the study, you are under no obligation to take part.
Project leader: Jackie Blissett