ERIC Number: EJ1086665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
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Can the Five Factor Model of Personality Account for the Variability of Autism Symptom Expression? Multivariate Approaches to Behavioral Phenotyping in Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder
Schwartzman, Benjamin C.; Wood, Jeffrey J.; Kapp, Steven K.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n1 p253-272 Jan 2016
The present study aimed to: determine the extent to which the five factor model of personality (FFM) accounts for variability in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptomatology in adults, examine differences in average FFM personality traits of adults with and without ASD and identify distinct behavioral phenotypes within ASD. Adults (N = 828; nASD = 364) completed an online survey with an autism trait questionnaire and an FFM personality questionnaire. FFM facets accounted for 70% of variance in autism trait scores. Neuroticism positively correlated with autism symptom severity, while extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness negatively correlated with autism symptom severity. Four FFM subtypes emerged within adults with ASD, with three subtypes characterized by high neuroticism and none characterized by lower-than-average neuroticism.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Adults, Behavior Problems, Online Surveys, Questionnaires, Correlation
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