Using negative reinforcement to increase self-feeding in a child with food selectivity

Petula C M Vaz, Valerie M. Volkert, Cathleen C Piazza

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We examined the effects of a negative reinforcement-based treatment on the self-feeding of 1 child with food selectivity by type and texture. Self-feeding increased when the child could choose to either self-feed 1 bite of a target food or be fed 1 bite of the target food and 5 bites of another food. Possible mechanisms that underlie the effectiveness of the intervention and implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)915-920
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011



  • feeding disorder
  • food acceptance
  • food selectivity
  • negative reinforcement
  • pediatric feeding disorders
  • self-feeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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