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Table 5 Factor loadings beliefs about mealtime

From: About feeding children: factor structure and internal reliability of a survey to assess mealtime strategies and beliefs of early childhood education teachers

Item content Autonomy promoting beliefs Coercive beliefs Concern-based control Mean (sd)
Teaching children about new foods before offering the foods at mealtime will work to get children to try new foods. 0.66    2.61 (0.67)
Trying the new food with them will work to get children to try new foods. 0.81    2.37 (0.70)
Children are more likely to try a new food after they see me eat it. 0.43    1.99 (0.84)
Having the new food on the table at mealtime and letting children decide when to try it will work to get children to try new foods. 0.42    2.72 (0.90)
Having a “one bite” rule will work to get children to try new foods.   0.63   2.72 (0.93)
Keeping them from having sweet foods until they try the new food will work to get children to try new foods.   0.72   2.88 (0.99)
Not having seconds of other foods unless they try the new food   0.83   3.08 (1.01)
Suggesting they try a bite   −0.43   2.56 (0.74)
Adults know better than children how much children need to eat.    .81 3.48 (1.25)
If children put food on their plates, they should eat it.    .45 3.37 (1.27)
When a child is feeling sad, it’s okay to offer a cracker to help the child feel better.    .41 3.76 (1.20)
  1. All belief items were measursed on 1–5 scale with lower scores corresponding to greater agreement. No items were reverse-coded before mean estimation