LC Journal of Special Education


The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the psychological characteristics associated with PWS. Because psychological characteristics are by definition less visible than physical characteristics, they may be more easily hidden or misinterpreted. The aim of this paper is to provide a context for the visible behaviors that one might observe in someone who has Prader-Willi syndrome. For discussions of physical and medical considerations including hyperphagia and related behaviors in PWS, the reader is referred to the research and reviews reported by Eiholzer and Lee (2006), Goelz (2006), Scheimann, Lee, and Ellis (2006), and Whitman and Jackson (2006).