ERIC Number: EJ760878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
A Comparison of Repetitive Behaviors in Aspergers Disorder and High Functioning Autism
Cuccaro, Michael L.; Nations, Laura; Brinkley, Jason; Abramson, Ruth K.; Wright, Harry H.; Hall, Alicia; Gilbert, John; Pericak-Vance, Margaret A.
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v37 n4 p347-360 Apr 2007
In this study we compared 33 IQ and age matched pairs of individuals with Aspergers Disorder (ASP) and high functioning autism (HFA) on measures of repetitive behavior. On the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R), the ASP and HFA groups showed no differences in RBS-R Intensity score (severity) score or Frequency score (number of problems present). This suggests that the two groups are similar with respect to the intensity or severity of repetitive behaviors and the presence of repetitive behaviors. At the item level there were no differences on scales typically associated with autism (Stereotyped Behavior) and ASP (Restricted Interests). Similarly, there were no differences between the groups on the Aberrant Behavior Checklist Stereotypy scale. These findings add to the body of literature showing that HFA and ASP fail to differ with respect to repetitive behaviors. The implications of the findings for neurobiologic and genetic studies are discussed.
Descriptors: Severity (of Disability), Autism, Antisocial Behavior, Asperger Syndrome, Comparative Analysis, Behavior Problems, Check Lists, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Aberrant Behavior Checklist