ERIC Number: EJ881914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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A Preliminary Analysis of the Phenomenology of Skin-Picking in Prader-Willi Syndrome
Morgan, Jessica R.; Storch, Eric A.; Woods, Douglas W.; Bodzin, Danielle; Lewin, Adam B.; Murphy, Tanya K.
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v41 n4 p448-463 Aug 2010
To examine the nature and psychosocial correlates of skin-picking behavior in youth with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Parents of 67 youth (aged 5-19 years) with PWS were recruited to complete an internet-based survey that included measures of: skin-picking behaviors, the automatic and/or focused nature of skin-picking, severity of skin-picking symptoms, anxiety symptoms, developmental functioning, symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and oppositionality, and quality of life. Results indicated that skin-picking was endorsed in 95.5% of youth. Direct associations of moderate strength were found between skin-picking severity and symptoms of anxiety, inattention, oppositionality, developmental functioning, and quality of life. Other descriptive data, such as areas picked, cutaneous factors, antecedents, and consequences related to skin-picking are reported. The prevalence and consequences associated with skin-picking in PWS indicate a greater need for clinician awareness of the behavior and interventions tailored to meet the needs of this population.
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Severity (of Disability), Phenomenology, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorders, Correlation, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Parent Attitudes, Surveys, Conceptual Tempo, Incidence, Intervention, Genetic Disorders
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