Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This study represents the first to assess whether a relationship between mania and feeding/mealtime behavior problems exists in individuals with ID. Participants were compared across three groups (manic, non-manic psychiatrically impaired, and controls) on subscales and items of the Screening Tool for fEeding Problems (STEP). An attempt was made to assess for differences in problematic feeding behavior. Individuals in the manic group exhibited clinically significant symptoms of mania (n = 18), those in the non-manic psychiatrically impaired group exhibited symptoms of psychopathology other than mania (n = 18), and those in the control group did not exhibit symptoms of mania or any other psychopathology (n = 18). Significant differences were found across the groups for nutrition related behavior problems. Specifically, individuals exhibiting symptoms of mania were significantly more likely to ‘continue to eat as long as food was available’. Implications of these data are discussed.
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Laud, Rinita, "The relationship between mania and feeding/mealtime behavior problems among persons with intellectual disability" (2006). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 3891.