'Subtypes' in the presentation of autistic traits in the general adult population

Colin J Palmer, Bryan Paton, Peter Gregory Enticott, Jakob Hohwy

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Abstract

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 non-clinical population. Research into nonclinical variance in autistic features may benefit by considering social and detail related trait domains independently. (c) 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1291 - 1301
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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'Subtypes' in the presentation of autistic traits in the general adult population. / Palmer, Colin J; Paton, Bryan; Enticott, Peter Gregory; Hohwy, Jakob.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 45, No. 5, 2015, p. 1291 - 1301.

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