Food Selectivity, Mealtime Behavior Problems, Spousal Stress, and Family Food Choices in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Mental Disorders
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.
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Citation: Curtin C, Hubbard K, Anderson SE, Mick E, Must A, Bandini LG. Food Selectivity, Mealtime Behavior Problems, Spousal Stress, and Family Food Choices in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Jun 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26070276. PubMed Central PMCID: NIHMS700241. Link to article on publisher's site.
Autism spectrum disorder, Food selectivity, Mealtime behaviors
Curtin, Carol; Hubbard, Kristie; Anderson, S. E.; Mick, Eric O.; Must, Aviva; and Bandini, Linda G., "Food Selectivity, Mealtime Behavior Problems, Spousal Stress, and Family Food Choices in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2015). Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Publications and Presentations. 66.