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The relationship between food refusal and social skills in persons with intellectual disabilities.
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PMID:  16766322     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Feeding problems are common among individuals with intellectual disabilities. The aim of the current study was to determine the relationship between food refusal and social skills in people with intellectual disability. METHOD: The Screening Tool of Feeding Problems (STEP) was administered to all residents of a large developmental centre. This screening tool identified 82 residents who exhibited food refusal, and 81 residents who did not exhibit food refusal. The Matson Evaluation of Social Skills in Persons with Severe Retardation (MESSIER) was administered to the 163 participants. RESULTS: People who exhibited food refusal displayed significantly more negative nonverbal and general negative social skills when compared to controls. Food refusal was prevalent across all ages, genders, and levels of intellectual disability. CONCLUSIONS: As social skill deficits are associated with deficits in feeding skills, social skills training should be considered as a major component of behavioural interventions targeting food refusal in people with intellectual disability.
Johnny L Matson; Christopher L Cooper; Steven B Mayville; Melissa L González
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of intellectual & developmental disability     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1366-8250     ISO Abbreviation:  J Intellect Dev Disabil     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-12     Completed Date:  2006-08-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610837     Medline TA:  J Intellect Dev Disabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior Therapy
Eating Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology*,  therapy
Mass Screening
Mental Retardation / psychology*,  therapy
Middle Aged
Personality Assessment
Residential Facilities
Social Behavior Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology*,  therapy

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