Japanese Occupational Therapy Research
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Validity and reliability of the questionnaire for measuring mealtime behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder
Kazuyo NakaokaKiyomi TateyamaShigeki KurasawaHiroyuki TanbaShinichi Takabatake
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2019 Volume 38 Issue 2 Pages 151-162

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This study examined the validity and reliability of the ‘Questionnaire for measuring mealtime behavior for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).' A survey was conducted on 384 subjects (301 males, 82 females and 1 unknown) with ASD aged 3 to 18 years old. The average age of the children with ASD was 9.8 ± 4.2 years, and the ratio of males to females was approximately 4:1. Factor analysis revealed 5 factors of 42 items “Selective eating”, “Clumsy/Manner”, “Concentrate/Interest in eating”, “Oral function”, and “Overeating”, and the Cronbach' alpha coefficient was 0.930 overall and 0.781 to 0.923 among the 5 factors. Our results indicate that ‘Questionnaire for measuring mealtime behavior for children with ASD' has high validity and reliability.

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