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ERIC Number: EJ1007307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Examining the Relationship between Autism Spectrum Disorders and Technical Professions in High Functioning Adults
Spek, Annelies A.; Velderman, E.
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v7 n5 p606-612 May 2013
A relationship has been hypothesized between Autism and technical professions. This has been attributed to superior folk physics in individuals with Autism. Folk physics can be described as the capability to understand physical causality. Since all the previous studies in this area were focused on family members of individuals with Autism, it was unclear if there is a direct relationship between Autism and technical professions. Therefore, we examined the degree to which the professions of high functioning adults with Autism (N = 29) encompass technical skills and compared the results to adults with Schizophrenia (N = 17) and a neurotypical control group (N = 30). Furthermore, we examined whether the degree of technical skills in the professions of the Autism group was related to their autistic traits. The results showed that the last and longest attained professions of the adults with Autism require more technical skills than those of the Schizophrenia and neurotypical group. Furthermore, the degree of technical skills in the professions of the adults with Autism is related to impairments in social skills, but not to strengths in detailed information processing. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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