ERIC Number: EJ1037171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
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Reference Count: 79
Relationships between Feeding Problems, Behavioral Characteristics and Nutritional Quality in Children with ASD
Johnson, Cynthia R.; Turner, Kylan; Stewart, Patricia A.; Schmidt, Brianne; Shui, Amy; Macklin, Eric; Reynolds, Anne; James, Jill; Johnson, Susan L.; Manning Courtney, Patty; Hyman, Susan L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n9 p2175-2184 Sep 2014
Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have co-occurring feeding problems. However, there is limited knowledge about how these feeding habits are related to other behavioral characteristics ubiquitous in ASD. In a relatively large sample of 256 children with ASD, ages 2-11, we examined the relationships between feeding and mealtime behaviors and social, communication, and cognitive levels as well repetitive and ritualistic behaviors, sensory behaviors, and externalizing and internalizing behaviors. Finally, we examined whether feeding habits were predictive of nutritional adequacy. In this sample, we found strong associations between parent reported feeding habits and (1) repetitive and ritualistic behaviors, (2) sensory features, and (3) externalizing and internalizing behavior. There was a lack of association between feeding behaviors and the social and communication deficits of ASD and cognitive levels. Increases in the degree of problematic feeding behaviors predicted decrements in nutritional adequacy.
Descriptors: Eating Disorders, Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Correlation, Social Influences, Interpersonal Communication, Child Behavior, Cognitive Ability, Behavior Problems, Perceptual Impairments, Predictor Variables, Nutrition, Parents
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