This work was supported by a grant from Shalem Fund
Researchers from the University of Haifa and Ono Academic College in collaboration and funding of “Keren Shalem”, initiated and developed a questionnaire that will assess eating problems of people with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD). The questionnaire was based on “Aut-Eat” questionnaire for autistic people and was adapted to the unique needs of those with IDD.
In the present study, the internal reliability and parallel construct validity of the “Mosh-Eat” questionnaire was established.
Research results indicate high internal reliability of the “Mosh-Eat” questionnaire’s sum score as well as all sub scores. Significant relationships were found Between the sections of the “Mosh-Eat” questionnaire and the equivalent sections of the “STEP” older questionnaire, thus establishing the validity of of the new questionnaire.
The study was the first to establish the questionnaire as a reliable and valid tool that can be used to assess eating difficulties among people with IDD. It is recommended to continue in the validating process by conducting a research using wider samples of both children and adults with IDD in the various levels of functioning.
Key words: Intellectual developmental disorder (IDD), Eating problems, Assessment