ERIC Number: EJ869383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Reference Count: 42
Social Function in Multiple X and Y Chromosome Disorders: XXY, XYY, XXYY, XXXY
Visootsak, Jeannie; Graham, John M., Jr.
Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, v15 n4 p328-332 2009
Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY) was initially described in the context of its endocrinologic and physical features; however, subsequent studies have revealed specific impairments in verbal skills and social functioning. Males with sex chromosomal aneuploidies are known to have variability in their developmental profile with the majority presenting with expressive language deficits. As a consequence of language delays, they have an increased likelihood of language-based learning disabilities and social-emotional problems that may persist through adulthood. Studies on males with 47,XXY have revealed unique behavioral and social profiles with possible vulnerability to autistic traits. The prevalence of males with more than one extra sex chromosome (e.g., 48,XXYY and 48,XXXY) and an additional Y (e.g., 47,XYY) is less common, but it is important to understand their social functioning as it provides insight into treatment implications.
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Males, Sex, Genetics, Interpersonal Competence, Emotional Problems, Learning Disabilities, Expressive Language, Autism
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