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

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posted on 01.05.2015, 00:00 authored by C J Palmer, B Paton, Peter EnticottPeter Enticott, J Hohwy
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.

History

Journal

Journal of autism and developmental disorders

Volume

45

Issue

5

Pagination

1291 - 1301

Publisher

Springer

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

0162-3257

eISSN

1573-3432

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Springer