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ERIC Number: ED342150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Eating and Mealtime Problems in Young Autistic Children: Prevalence and Correlates.
Archer, Lynda A.; Szatmari, Peter
The Revised Children's Eating Behaviour Inventory, the Parenting Stress Index, and the Krug Autism Behavior Checklist were used to assess eating/mealtime problems and related variables in 33 young high functioning autistic children (mean age 5 years, 3 months), 295 normally developing children (mean age 5 years, 8 months) and 11 young boys (mean age 6 years, 2 months) with an identified eating problem. Results showed that 42 percent of the autistic children had a significant eating/mealtime problem. The presence of eating/mealtime problems was positively correlated with parent reports of greater severity of autistic behaviors and greater perceived stress in the parenting role but not with the child's intelligence level. Clinical implications suggest the need for clinicians to be sensitive to the possible presence of eating/mealtime problems and to provide the necessary assessment and treatment. (16 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A