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Psychopathological Beginnings for Populations with Intellectual Disabilities: Investigating the Self-Concept of Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Craig A.
dc.contributor.advisor Dykens, Elisabeth M.
dc.contributor.advisor Saylor, Megan
dc.contributor.advisor Roof, Elizabeth E.
dc.contributor.author Einhorn, Honora E.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-16T16:01:58Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-16T16:01:58Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/5076
dc.description Individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) are at risk for psychopathology due to their maladaptive behavior profile. This study investigated the self-concept of these individuals to better understand the origin and manifestation of their psychopathology. In this cross-sectional study, 128 individuals with PWS were administered semi-projective and behavioral measures to gain an introspective analysis of their self-concept. Results showed a positive correlation between age and negative statements about the physical self, and positive statements about the non-physical self. There was a negative correlation between BMI and negative self statements, where individuals with a normal weight had the highest average frequency of negative statements about the non-physical self. Thus, demographic features of individuals with PWS may predict aspects of their self-concept, which could have implications for prevention and treatment of psychopathology. This study was conducted through the Honors Psychology Research course PSY 2980 under Dr. Craig Smith, Dr. Meg Saylor, and Dr. Elisabeth Dykens. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences. Mentors: Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Roof, M.A., L.P.E. Kennedy Research Center for Human Development and Disabilities en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject developmental disabilities en_US
dc.subject psychopathology en_US
dc.subject self-concept en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Self-perception en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prader-Willi Syndrome -- Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Developmentally disabled -- Psychology en_US
dc.title Psychopathological Beginnings for Populations with Intellectual Disabilities: Investigating the Self-Concept of Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US


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