ERIC Number: EJ775839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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The Relationship of Asperger's Characteristics and Schizotypal Personality Traits in a Non-Clinical Adult Sample
Hurst, Ruth M.; Nelson-Gray, Rosemery O.; Mitchell, John T.; Kwapil, Thomas R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v37 n9 p1711-1720 Oct 2007
The study examines the relationship between Asperger's Disorder (AD) and Schizotypal Personality Disorder (SPD), mutually exclusive but similar diagnoses ["DSM-IV-TR;" American Psychiatric Association (2000). "Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders." Washington, DC: Author]. The literature and comparison of diagnostic criteria suggest that the two disorders may overlap: AD social impairment with SPD interpersonal problems and AD communication deficits with SPD disorganized features. Questionnaire measures of AD and SPD were administered to a large non-clinical adult sample. Consistent with expectations, the Asperger's and Schizotypal questionnaires were positively correlated. Further, the social-interpersonal and communication-disorganized areas were positively correlated, though the relationship between social-interpersonal areas is particularly strong. Future research should continue to explore the relationship between AD and schizotypy to confirm current findings and improve understanding of distinctions between the disorders.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Personality, Mental Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, Clinical Diagnosis, Autism, Schizophrenia, Evaluation Criteria, Interpersonal Competence, Questionnaires, Adults, Correlation, Communication Problems, Comparative Analysis
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