The association between the social and communication elements of autism, and repetitive/restrictive behaviours and activities: A review of the literature

Kuenssberg, Renate, McKenzie, Karen and Jones, Jill (2011) The association between the social and communication elements of autism, and repetitive/restrictive behaviours and activities: A review of the literature. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32 (6). pp. 2183-2192. ISSN 0891 4222

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2011.06.018

Abstract

Research continues to try and pinpoint the etiological role of particular genes and brain structure in autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), but despite a host of biological, genetic and neuropsychological research, the symptom profile of pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) are not yet linked to etiological theory. Debate continues around whether or not there is one single dimension that incorporates the three criteria domains of social difficulties, communication deficits and repetitive or restrictive interests and behaviours as a unitary 'ASD' concept, or whether PDD as they are currently described represent the co-occurrence of separate sub-domains of developmental difficulties. Although the three criteria need to be met for a diagnosis of PDD to be made, the association between them remains unclear. This review highlights that the majority of the literature that looks at the triad of impairments suggests the symptom structure does not match that proposed by diagnostic manuals, and that the triad may no longer fit as the best way to conceptualize ASD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, structure
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Mckenzie
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 08:49
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 09:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18085

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