Volume 25, Issue 3 (1996)
Feeding and Eating Disorders: Ingestive Problems of Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence
MaryLouise E. Kerwin, Robert I. Berkowitz
Abstract: The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-rV; American Psychiatric Association, 1994) categorization of feeding and eating problems into two broad diagnostic categories, “Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood” and “Eating Disorders,” represents the realization that feeding problems of infants and children are not typically the same as eating problems of adolescents and adults. The DSM-IV adds a new diagnosis, feeding disorder of infancy or early childhood, in the broad diagnostic category “Feeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood.” Within eating disorders, subtypes are proposed for anorexia nervosa (restricting and binge/purging) and bulimia nervosa (purge and nonpurge). DSM-IV also includes research criteria for binge-eating disorder. The empirical basis for each of these changes is presented, as well as the utility and limitations of DSM-IV for the practice of school psychology.
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