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Psychometric Properties of the Brief Autism Mealtime Behaviors Inventory.

TitlePsychometric Properties of the Brief Autism Mealtime Behaviors Inventory.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsDeMand, A, Johnson, CR, Foldes, E
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published2015 Sep

The purpose of this study was to explore the psychometric properties of the Brief Autism Mealtime Behaviors Inventory (BAMBI). In a sample of 273 well-characterized children with ASD, we explored the factor structure of the BAMBI, determined the internal consistency of a newly derived factor structure and provide an empirically derived cut-off for the BAMBI total score. The new psychometrically identified structure consists of 4 factors: (1) Food Selectivity, (2) Disruptive Mealtime Behaviors, (3) Food Refusal and (4) Mealtime Rigidity. Internal consistency was acceptable. A cut off score of 34 is suggested based on our results. The new 15-item BAMB with an alternative 4-factor structure with clinical utility is promising in assessing feeding and mealtime problems in children with ASD.

Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID25813517
PubMed Central IDPMC4554795
Grant ListR34 MH100253 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
ULI RR 024160 / RR / NCRR NIH HHS / United States