The Relationship Between Adaptive Behavior and Specific Toileting Problems According to the Profile on Toileting Issues (POTI)

  • Brian Belva
  • Johnny L. Matson
  • Alyse Barker
  • Mary E. Shoemaker
  • Sara Mahan
Original Article


Toileting problems in people with intellectual disabilities are common but have rarely been studied. Recently, the Profile on Toileting Issues (POTI) was developed as a standalone measure to evaluate these problems. The POTI has established psychometrics. Research on interface between toileting problems in persons with intellectual disability and adaptive functioning is lacking. Eighty adults from two developmental centers were assessed to establish relationships between these skills. Greater toileting problems were strongly associated with greater deficits in adaptive skills. The implications of these findings are discussed.


POTI Intellectual disabilities Toileting Adaptive behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Belva
    • 1
  • Johnny L. Matson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alyse Barker
    • 1
  • Mary E. Shoemaker
    • 1
  • Sara Mahan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Baton RougeUSA

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