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Title: Specific Aspects of Repetitive and Restricted Behaviours are of Greater Significance than Sensory Processing Difficulties in Eating Disturbances in High-Functioning Young Girls with ASD
Contributor(s): Bitsika, Vicki (author); Sharpley, Christopher F (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018-04
Early Online Version: 2017-11-25
DOI: 10.1007/s10882-017-9583-8
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Abstract: Eating Disturbances (ED) are widely prevalent in young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To investigate the possible role of child-based contributors to that ED in young females, 14 variables were investigated in 37 girls aged 6 yr. to 11 yr. (𝑀 age = 8.5 yr) with ASD. Restricted and Repetitive Behaviours (RRBs) were the only significant predictor of ED, particularly those behaviours related to rigidity in routines, and restricted range of interests. Sensory Processing and Social Communication and Interactions were not significant predictors of ED in this sample. These findings extend previous studies of the role of RRBs (as a general construct) in ED by identifying specific aspects of RRBs that may elevate the likelihood of ED occurrence in girls with high-functioning ASD.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 30(2), p. 259-267
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1056-263X
Field of Research (FOR): 110999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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