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Preface

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 September 2009

Robert Drewett
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University of Durham
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Feeding, like breathing, is central to our survival. I do not mean to the survival of ‘our species’ but literally to the survival of each one of us. Yet, unlike breathing, it has never been very clear to what discipline the study of feeding belongs. In respect of children it is the province of midwives and health visitors, of paediatricians and specialist nurses, of speech therapists, of dieticians and nutritionists, of child psychiatrists, of psychologists, and of others, no doubt, as well. To some extent this may reflect the rather uncertain academic position of the study of nutrition more generally. Whatever the reason, published research concerning psychological aspects of nutrition in childhood is very widely scattered, and this is, I believe, the first attempt that has been made by a single author to gather it together in one place in the form of a book. No doubt the attempt will leave a lot to be desired, but I hope that it will provide at least an initial source and a reasonably useful framework for those who need them in first approaching this area.

Tastes will differ, but speaking for myself I do not enjoy reading reviews that report findings without giving any indication of the nature or quality of the research that gave rise to them, so I have tried to say enough about the research I cite at least to give a flavour of the methodology used in it.

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Print publication year: 2007

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  • Preface
  • Robert Drewett, University of Durham
  • Book: The Nutritional Psychology of Childhood
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489679.001
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  • Preface
  • Robert Drewett, University of Durham
  • Book: The Nutritional Psychology of Childhood
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489679.001
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  • Preface
  • Robert Drewett, University of Durham
  • Book: The Nutritional Psychology of Childhood
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489679.001
Available formats
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