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ERIC Number: EJ946696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Nature of Covariation between Autistic Traits and Clumsiness: A Twin Study in a General Population Sample
Moruzzi, Sara; Ogliari, Anna; Ronald, Angelica; Happe, Francesca; Battaglia, Marco
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n12 p1665-1674 Dec 2011
While social impairment, difficulties with communication, and restricted repetitive behaviors are central features of Autism Spectrum Disorders, physical clumsiness is a commonly co-occurring feature. In a sample of 398 twin pairs (aged 8-17 years) from the Italian Twin Registry we investigated the nature of the co-variation between a psychometric index of Clumsiness and the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) Autistic scale. Bivariate twin analyses showed that a genetic etiological overlap, rather than direct causation, is a plausible explanation for the association between clumsiness and autistic-like traits, as measured by indices derived from the parent-rated CBCL scale. Additive genetic influences that impinge upon clumsiness/motor problem and autistic-like traits coincided remarkably, with a genetic correlation of 0.63.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist