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

dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Craig (Craig Alexander)
dc.contributor.advisorDykens, Elisabeth M.
dc.contributor.advisorSaylor, Megan
dc.contributor.advisorRoof, Elizabeth E.
dc.contributor.authorEinhorn, Honora E.
dc.descriptionIndividuals 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.sponsorshipThesis 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 Disabilitiesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectdevelopmental disabilitiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshPrader-Willi Syndrome -- Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshDevelopmentally disabled -- Psychologyen_US
dc.titlePsychopathological Beginnings for Populations with Intellectual Disabilities: Investigating the Self-Concept of Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndromeen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychological Sciencesen_US

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