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07-02-2020 | Original Paper | Uitgave 8/2020

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 8/2020

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

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders > Uitgave 8/2020
Sara C. Folta, Carol Curtin, Aviva Must, Annie Pehrson, Kate Ryan, Linda Bandini
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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.

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