Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Helen E. Buchanan

Committee Members

Ruth Highberger, Beth Duncan


Importance of the Study: Parents as well as teachers who have an opportunity to plan and supervise the feeding of small children have many problems in connection with the eating behavior of these children. In reviewing the literature it was evident that little was known about the factors which influence a young child's choice of food. This study will contribute some knowledge of the influence of flavor and color in children's dessert preferences as well as differences in age and sex with respect to the preferences of preschool children in relation to choices of a specific type of dessert. Increased knowledge in the area of children's flavor and color preferences can be of value in evaluating the present policies during mealtime in nursery schools and to those who are interested in promoting sound food habits and nutrition education.

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