ERIC Number: EJ1074356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
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Reference Count: 32
Food Selectivity, Mealtime Behavior Problems, Spousal Stress, and Family Food Choices in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder
Curtin, C.; Hubbard, K.; Anderson, S. E.; Mick, E.; Must, A.; Bandini, L. G.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n10 p3308-3315 Oct 2015
Mealtime behavior problems and family stress occur frequently among families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, it is unknown whether food selectivity is an associated factor. The associations of high food selectivity with mealtime behavior problems, spousal stress, and influence on family members were assessed among 53 children with ASD and 58 typically developing (TD) children ages 3-11 years. Compared to TD children, children with ASD were more likely to have high food selectivity, and their parents reported more mealtime behavior problems, higher spousal stress, and influence on what other family members ate. High food selectivity was associated with mealtime behavior problems in both groups. Interventions to reduce food selectivity may lead to decreases in mealtime behavior problems.
Descriptors: Food, Eating Habits, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Behavior Problems, Stress Variables, Spouses, Family Environment, Comparative Analysis
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