ERIC Number: EJ783916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
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Development and Validation of an Inventory to Assess Mealtime Behavior Problems in Children with Autism
Lukens, Colleen Taylor; Linscheid, Thomas R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n2 p342-352 Feb 2008
To date, no standardized measures have been developed to evaluate the mealtime behavior of children with autism. The Brief Autism Mealtime Behavior Inventory (BAMBI) was designed to measure mealtime behavior problems observed in children with autism. Caregivers of 40 typically developing children and 68 children with autism completed the BAMBI, the Behavioral Pediatric Feeding Assessment Scale (BPFAS), the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS), the Youth/Adolescent Questionnaire (YAQ), and a 24-hour recall interview. The BAMBI demonstrated good internal consistency, high test-retest reliability, a clear factor structure, and strong construct and criterion-related validity in the measurement of mealtime behavior problems in children with autism.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Autism, Caregivers, Validity, Factor Structure, Rating Scales, Eating Habits, Test Reliability, Evaluation Methods
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