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The Swedish Eating Assessment for Autism spectrum disorders (SWEAA) is a self-report questionnaire pertaining to typical eating and mealtime problems in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and normal intelligence.

SWEAA is based on 60 items divided into a number of subscales, all targeting different areas of eating behaviour; Perception, Motor control, Purchase of food, Eating behaviour, Mealtime surroundings, Social situation at mealtime, Other behaviours associated with disturbed eating, Hunger/satiety, Simultaneous capacity, and Pica.

The purpose of SWEAA is for clinicians to estimate the nature and presence of eating problems in ASD in a structured way. It is developed as a self-report measure, hence caution has been taken in formulating and phrasing questions in order to suit individuals with ASD and normal intelligence from the age of 15 years and up.

Two different cut-offs have been developed for SWEAA. One to give an overview of the whole content of the questionnaire and one based on the subscales that best discriminate between ASD and non-ASD in terms of eating behaviour. The scale has been validated and has shown good psychometric properties. In an ongoing study SWEAA is used in a clinical population of adolescent and young adults with anorexia nervosa.









Karlsson, L., Råstam, M., & Wentz, E. (2013). The SWedish Eating Assessment for Autism spectrum disorders (SWEAA)-Validation of a self-report questionnaire targeting eating disturbances within the autism spectrum. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 2224-2233. View


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