Treatment of covert food stealing in an individual with Prader-Willi syndrome

Kristen A. Maglieri, Iser G. DeLeon, Vanessa Rodriguez-Catter, Bart M. Sevin

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Covert food stealing is common among individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome. We found that verbal reprimands, delivered contingent upon eating prohibited foods, were sufficient to decrease the food stealing of a girl with Prader-Willi syndrome. Warning stimuli were then used to help her discriminate between permitted and prohibited foods during sessions in which food stealing was not directly observed. This procedure resulted in decreases in food stealing from containers labeled with the warning stimuli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-618
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2000


  • Food stealing
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Stimulus control
  • Warning stimuli

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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