ERIC Number: ED253991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Temperamental Patterns in Autistic Children: Parental Perceptions.
Gottlieb, Daniel S.; Bortner, Morton
The parents of 12 autistic and 12 neurologically impaired/mentally retarded children (4-6 years old) completed the Carey-McDevitt Behavioral Style Questionnaire designed to assess temperament in young children. While numerous significant differences between autistic and normal children were found, autistic and developmentally disabled children differed only along one dimension of temperament (intensity). These findings highlight the essential similarities between these two diagnostic groups, and are consistent with previous research. It is suggested that, considering the overlap between the two groups, the label "autism" should be limited to instances in which clear distinctions can be made which will result in highly specific interventions. A 19-item bibliography is included. (Author/CL)
Descriptors: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Elementary Education, Parent Attitudes, Personality Traits, Psychological Characteristics
Daniel Gottlieb, 902 Ocean Pkwy., Brooklyn, NY 11230.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).