Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Food and Nutrition Services


Nutrition and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Tanya Ruetzler

Second Advisor

James Taylor

Third Advisor

Anne Bomba

Relational Format



The objective of this study was to develop an instrument to measure the child friendliness of restaurants using a combination of previous literature and focus groups. The pilot study consisted of a thirty-six item survey instrument that was distributed to forty individuals. Among the forty individuals who received the survey instrument, thirty-three of them completed the survey. A panel of experts reviethe survey results using cognitive factor analysis. The experts were asked to place each item of the survey instrument into categories. From this, five factors emerged. These included: facilities, service, atmosphere, activities, and menu. Six items from the survey instrument were deemed unnecessary and did not easily factor into any of the five categories. These items were eliminated from the survey. As a unitary scale, measuring overall kid friendliness, the Cronbach's alpha = 0.937. Future research can expand on this survey instrument to include more participants testing for reliability and validity per Churchill's (1979) Instrument Development Steps.

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