Graduation Date

Summer 2017

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Program

Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

Sean Healy

Committee Chair Email

sean.healy@humboldt.edu

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Chris Hopper

Second Committee Member Email

chris.hopper@humboldt.edu

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Taylor Bloedon

Third Committee Member Email

Taylor.Bryant@humboldt.edu

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Fourth Committee Member Name

Rock Braithwaite

Fourth Committee Member Email

rock.braithwaite@humboldt.edu

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Kinesiology

Abstract

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The primary purpose of this study is to investigate the accuracy of weight status perception among adolescents with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. A secondary purpose is to compare weight loss behaviors between children with and without ASD.

METHODS: This study measured weight-perception and weight loss behaviors among Irish-thirteen-year olds with ASD (n=47) and typically developing (TD) children (n=47) (72% male). Participants completed questionnaires assessing perception of weight and weight loss behaviors. . Based on BMI, calculated from height and weight measurements, participants were classified as non-overweight, overweight and obese. Several Chi-square tests were used to examine (1) differences in accuracy of self-perception between adolescents with and without ASD, and (2) weight loss behaviors among children with and without ASD.

RESULTS: All results from this study were statistically non-significant. Although, the study demonstrated that overweight adolescents with ASD were more than twice as likely (35%) to perceive their weight inaccurately compared to their overweight TD counterparts (15.4%). CONCLUSION: Future research should investigate self-perception in adolescents with ASD and the effects their body image has on their weight loss behaviors, social motivation, physical activity levels, and psychological health.

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Typically Developing, Weight loss behaviors, weight perception

Citation Style

APA

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