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Factor structure of autistic traits in children with ADHD

Martin, Joanna ORCID:, Hamshere, Marian L. ORCID:, O'Donovan, Michael Conlon ORCID:, Rutter, Michael and Thapar, Anita ORCID: 2014. Factor structure of autistic traits in children with ADHD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 44 (1) , pp. 204-215. 10.1007/s10803-013-1865-0

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often co-occur. Factor analyses of ASD traits in children with and without ASD indicate the presence of social and restrictive–repetitive behaviour (RRB) factors. This study used exploratory factor analyses to determine the structure of ASD traits (assessed using the Social Communication Questionnaire) in children with ADHD. Distinct factors were observed for ‘social’ and ‘rigidity’ traits, corresponding to previous factor analyses in clinical ASD and population samples. This indicates that the split between social-communicative and RRB dimensions is unaffected by ADHD in children. Moreover, the study also finds that there is some overlap across hyperactive-impulsive symptoms and RRB traits in children with ADHD, which merits further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Uncontrolled Keywords: ADHD; ASD; Factor analysis; Neurodevelopment
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 0162-3257
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 09 May 2023 17:59

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