Play With Me Study for kids ages 4-5
Protocol: STUDY00004200
Full Title
Using positive parent-child interactions as an alternative reinforcer to promote healthier eating among young children
We are looking for healthy children aged 4 to 5 (and their parent) to participate in a study to measure children’s reactions to different activities like playing games, eating snacks, and playing with a parent.

The study will take place over 3 months and involves 3 visits to our laboratory (less than 90 minutes each) plus some at-home activities and surveys. During each visit you will be asked to answer questions regarding you and your child’s behavior and you will interact with your child playing games. Please visit to take an eligibility survey. The study takes place at The University at Buffalo Division of Behavioral Medicine Lab at UB's South Campus.

Technical Description

Overall objective: To promote positive, rewarding parent-child interactions, hypothesizing that these could function as a novel alternative reinforcer, decreasing the Relative Reinforcing Value (RRV) of food (i.e. children's motivation to eat).

Primary aim: To test effects of a positive parenting intervention on 4-to-5-year-old children's RRV of food, vs. a control group, in a two-arm RCT.

Secondary aims include exploring the feasibility of the positive parenting intervention and exploring effects on secondary outcomes, such as parenting and child self-regulation.
Compensation: Yes
Compensation may include cash, checks, gift cards, debit cards, or incentives like gift baskets, technology items, or merchandise.
Children ages 4-5. Parent age at least 18. -At least 1 parent who is considered overweight (by height/weight measurement). -Parent and child fluent in English.
Age Group: Both Adults and Children
Principal Investigator: STEPHANIE FRASCA
Elizabeth Kubiniec
Want to Learn More?
Let us know how the study team can reach you. If you do not hear back within 2 business days, reach out to the study team directly at the contact information above or email and someone will assist you.