Title

Impact of Selective Eating on Social Domains Among Transition-Age Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Study

UMMS Affiliation

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Psychiatry; Department of Pediatrics

Publication Date

2020-08-01

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Disability Studies | Health Services Administration | Mental and Social Health | Pediatrics | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology

Abstract

Food selectivity is a common feeding problem among autistic children. The objective of this qualitative study was to explore the impact of selective eating on key social domains-with family, peers, and in other social situations-of transition-age autistic youth who self-identified as being food selective. Interviews were conducted with 20 autistic youth ages 18-23 years. Data were analyzed using descriptive and thematic coding. Participants had developed a range of strategies to cope with their food selectivity, and although some expressed concerns, they did not feel that it had a major impact on social situations. A responsive approach to supporting such youth would likely involve recognizing the effort and skills that the youth have already developed around this issue.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder, Food selectivity, Social domain, Transition-age youth

DOI of Published Version

10.1007/s10803-020-04397-4

Source

Folta SC, Curtin C, Must A, Pehrson A, Ryan K, Bandini L. Impact of Selective Eating on Social Domains Among Transition-Age Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Study. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Aug;50(8):2902-2912. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04397-4. PMID: 32034651. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of autism and developmental disorders

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

32034651

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