ERIC Number: EJ839954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
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Psychiatric Symptoms and Psychosocial Difficulties in Young Adults with Autistic Traits
Kanne, Stephen M.; Christ, Shawn E.; Reiersen, Angela M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n6 p827-833 Jun 2009
A screening version of the social responsiveness scale (SRS) was administered to 1,847 university students to identify a subgroup reporting significantly greater autism traits relative to their peers (High SRS group). A group reporting minimal autism traits was also identified (Low SRS group) matched for age, gender, and attentional difficulties. We administered the Behavioral Assessment System for Children--2nd edition (BASC-2), a comprehensive questionnaire designed to assess psychiatric symptoms and personality characteristics, to both groups. The high SRS group reported significantly more difficulties across the majority of areas, including depression/anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and personal adjustment. Thus, young adults reporting a greater degree of autistic traits also reported greater psychiatric difficulties across a wide psychosocial range.
Descriptors: Autism, Young Adults, Personality Traits, Student Characteristics, Anxiety, Interpersonal Relationship, Adjustment (to Environment), Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Screening Tests, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Questionnaires, Psychiatry, Psychological Patterns
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavior Assessment System for Children