Pica in institutionalized mentally retarded persons.

  title={Pica in institutionalized mentally retarded persons.},
  author={Christine McAlpine and Nirbhay N. Singh},
  journal={Journal of mental deficiency research},
  volume={30 ( Pt 2)},
Pica, an eating disorder, is commonly observed in infants, young children and in developmentally delayed persons. The behaviour is regarded as pathological if it persists beyond the age of about 18 months. The present study was designed to study the prevalence of pathological pica in a state residential institution for mentally retarded persons. Of the total sample of 607 residents, 56 or 9.2% were identified and observed to engage in pica. The occurrence of pica was related to the degree of… CONTINUE READING

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