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ERIC Number: EJ1059074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
"Subtypes" in the Presentation of Autistic Traits in the General Adult Population
Palmer, Colin J.; Paton, Bryan; Enticott, Peter G.; Hohwy, Jakob
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n5 p1291-1301 May 2015
The present study examined the presentation of autistic traits in a large adult population sample (n = 2,343). Cluster analysis indicated two subgroups with clearly distinguishable trait profiles. One group (n = 1,059) reported greater social difficulties and lower detail orientation, while the second group (n = 1,284) reported lesser social difficulties and greater detail orientation. We also report a three-factor solution for the autism-spectrum quotient, with two, related, social-themed factors (Sociability and Mentalising) and a third non-social factor that varied independently (Detail Orientation). These results indicate that different profiles of autistic characteristics tend to occur in the adult nonclinical population. Research into nonclinical variance in autistic features may benefit by considering social- and detail-related trait domains independently.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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