Predicting Impulsive Self-Injurious Behavior in a Sample of Adult Women.

Predicting impulsive self-injurious behavior in a sample of adult women.

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J Nerv Ment Dis. 2013 Jan; 201(1): 72-5
Black EB, Mildred H

ABSTRACT: Different types of self-injury have been classified as reflecting impulsive and compulsive characteristics (article by Simeon and Favazza [Self-injurious Behaviors: Assessment and Treatment {pp 1-28}. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc, 2001]). The current research used a prospective design to evaluate whether there is a progression between these different types of self-injurious behaviors (SIB) over time. Support was found for a progression from compulsive SIB (including hair pulling, nail-biting, skin picking, scratching, and preventing wounds from healing) to impulsive SIB (including cutting, burning, carving, pin sticking, and punching) in a group of adult women (N = 106). Other factors hypothesized to be linked to this outcome were disordered eating, age, and personality facets of impulsivity (specifically, urgency and lack of perseverance). Of these variables, only urgency positively predicted impulsive SIB at the study’s conclusion. These findings are discussed, limitations of the study are noted, and directions for future research are outlined.
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Television watching and the emotional impact on social modeling of food intake among children.

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Appetite. 2012 Dec 27;
Bevelander KE, Meiselman HL, Anschütz DJ, Engels RC

The main goal of this study was to test whether exposure to happy, neutral, or sad media content influences social modeling effects of (snack) food intake in young children. The study was conducted at 14 Dutch urban and suburban primary schools. The participants (N = 112) were asked to watch a movie with a same-sex normal-weight confederate who was instructed to eat either nothing or a standardized amount of snack food (10 chocolate-coated peanuts). The study involved a 3 (movie clips: happy, neutral, and sad) x 2 (peer’s food intake: no intake versus a standardized intake) between-participants design. A significant interaction between the movie clip condition and intake condition was found (F(2,102) = 3.30, P = .04, Cohen’s f(2) = .20). Positive as well as negative emotions were found to lead to adjustment to the intake of a peer, as compared to that of children in the neutral movie condition. The findings suggest that children eat more mindlessly when watching an emotional movie and, therefore, respond more automatically to a peer’s food intake, whereas children may be less susceptible to a peer’s intake while watching a neutral movie. As young children are not in the position to choose their food consumption environment yet, parents and schools should provide consumption settings that limit eating in front of the television.
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Feeding and drinking skills in preterm and low birth weight infants compared to full term infants at a corrected age of nine months.

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Early Hum Dev. 2012 Dec 26;
den Boer SL, Schipper JA

Feeding and drinking skills were registered in 47 preterm (<32weeks) and/or low birth weight (<1500g) infants and compared to 52 healthy full term infants at a (corrected) age of nine months. In the preterm and/or SGA infants a delay was found for sufficient postural balance, drinking independently from a bottle, eating skills and accepting teeth brushing at a corrected age of nine months compared to healthy controls. For tongue position and movement, and choking during drinking no difference was found between both groups. HubMed – eating



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