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Title: Using parent- and self-reports to evaluate eating disturbances in young girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Contributor(s): Bitsika, Vicki (author); Sharpley, Christopher F (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018-04
Early Online Version: 2017-10-13
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2017.11.002
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Abstract: Background: Eating Disturbances (ED) often occur in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but most previous studies have relied on parent-reported data about males with ASD. Few studies have collected data from younger girls with ASD using self-reports and parents’ reports. Aims: To compare self-reports and parents’ reports of ED in a sample of 52 young girls with ASD, a standardised scale for ED was revised for use with younger girls with ASD. Methods: Mothers of 52 girls with ASD aged from 6 to 17 years completed the Swedish Eating Assessment for Autism spectrum disorders (SWEAA) on their daughters; the girls also completed the SWEAA as a self-report. Results: The prevalence of severe ED in the sample was low (about 11%). There were minimal significant differences between mothers’ and daughters’ SWEAA responses across most SWEAA subscales. Deletion of several of the original SWEAA items produced a scale that can be used as a self-report or a carer-report with young girls with ASD. Conclusion: The clinical assessment of ED via self- or parent reports is suggested as a pathway to identify girls with ASD who also exhibit ED so that adequate treatment planning can be developed for them.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, v.65, p. 91-98
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0736-5748
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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