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Temperament and food neophobia in children and their mothers.
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PMID:  9218097     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We obtained measures of behavioral neophobia, rated neophobia, temperament, and liking for novel and familiar foods for 81 pairs of siblings (ranging in age from 5-11 years) and their mothers. The children's data revealed a decrease with age in behavioral but not rated neophobia, and there were positive correlations between both measures of neophobia and the temperament dimensions of emotionality, shyness, and negative reactions to foods. In addition, liking for good-tasting novel foods was negatively related to shyness and to negative reactions to foods. For mothers, both measures of neophobia were related to negative reactions to foods and unrelated to any other temperament dimensions. The data revealed little evidence of family resemblance (mother-child or sibling-sibling) in food neophobia.
P Pliner; E R Loewen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0195-6663     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  1997 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-08-25     Completed Date:  1997-08-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  239-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Erindale College, University of Toronto, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Avoidance Learning*
Child, Preschool
Exploratory Behavior
Family Characteristics
Food Preferences / psychology*
Phobic Disorders / psychology*
Sex Factors

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