Social interaction style of children and adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder

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Abstract

Qualitative differences in social interaction style exist within the autism spectrum. In this study we examined whether these differences are associated with (1) the severity of autistic symptoms and comorbid disruptive behavior problems, (2) the child's psycho-social health, and (3) executive functioning and perspective taking skills. The social interaction style of 156 children and adolescents (6-19 years) with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD) was determined with the Wing Subgroups Questionnaire. An active-but-odd social interaction style was positively associated with symptoms of autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity. Furthermore, an active-but-odd social interaction style was negatively associated with children's psycho-social health and positively with executive functioning problems. Social interaction style explains part of the heterogeneity among children with HFASD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2046-2055
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume42
Issue number10
Early online date1 Feb 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

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