‘Subtypes’ in the presentation of autistic traits in the general adult population

Palmer, Colin J., Paton, Bryan, Enticott, Peter G. and Hohwy, Jakob 2015, ‘Subtypes’ in the presentation of autistic traits in the general adult population, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 1291-1301, doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2289-1.

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Title ‘Subtypes’ in the presentation of autistic traits in the general adult population
Author(s) Palmer, Colin J.
Paton, Bryan
Enticott, Peter G.ORCID iD for Enticott, Peter G. orcid.org/0000-0002-6638-951X
Hohwy, Jakob
Journal name Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume number 45
Issue number 5
Start page 1291
End page 1301
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 0162-3257
1573-3432
Keyword(s) Autism-spectrum quotient
Autistic traits
Cluster analysis
Factor analysis
Subgroups
Summary The present study examined the presentation of autistic traits in a large adult population sample (n = 2,343). Cluster analysis indicated two subgroups with clearly distinguishable trait profiles. One group (n = 1,059) reported greater social difficulties and lower detail orientation, while the second group (n = 1,284) reported lesser social difficulties and greater detail orientation. We also report a three-factor solution for the autism-spectrum quotient, with two, related, social-themed factors (Sociability and Mentalising) and a third non-social factor that varied independently (Detail Orientation). These results indicate that different profiles of autistic characteristics tend to occur in the adult nonclinical population. Research into nonclinical variance in autistic features may benefit by considering social- and detail-related trait domains independently.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10803-014-2289-1
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Springer
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