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Res Dev Disabil. 1994 Jul-Aug;15(4):247-68.

Nonorganic failure to thrive: developmental outcomes and psychosocial assessment and intervention issues.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843-4235.

Abstract

Serious growth problems, such as Nonorganic Failure to Thrive (NFTT), place an infant/toddler at significant risk for poor developmental outcomes. Evidently, an NFTT child's malnutrition and subsequent poor growth and development are accentuated by a family context of impoverishment, dysfunctional relationships, inadequate education, and a dearth of developmentally enriching experiences. The purpose of this review is to describe NFTT, to present development outcomes, and to discuss psychosocial assessment and intervention issues relevant to this developmental disability of early childhood. An ideographic approach to case conceptualization, evaluation, and treatment is suggested to achieve successful developmental outcomes and to guide research endeavors.

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