Investigation of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Autistic Traits in an Adolescent Sample with Anorexia Nervosa

Valentina Postorino, Lawrence Scahill, Lavinia De Peppo, Laura Maria Fatta, Valeria Zanna, Maria Chiara Castiglioni, Scott Gillespie, Stefano Vicari, Luigi Mazzone

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a sample of female adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) during the acute phase of illness. We also compare the level of autistic traits, social perception skills and obsessive–compulsive symptoms in four groups: AN, ASD, and two gender- and age-matched control groups. Of the 30 AN participants, only three scored above the conventional ADOS-2 threshold for ASD. The AN participants were similar to their controls on autistic trait measures, and to the ASD group on obsessive–compulsive measures, and on theory of mind ability and affect recognition measures. Further longitudinal studies are needed in order to determine the association between these conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1061
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2017

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Anorexia Nervosa
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Longitudinal Studies
Research Design
Control Groups
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Keywords

  • Acute phase of illness
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Autism diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS)
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Developmental history

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Investigation of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Autistic Traits in an Adolescent Sample with Anorexia Nervosa. / Postorino, Valentina; Scahill, Lawrence; De Peppo, Lavinia; Fatta, Laura Maria; Zanna, Valeria; Castiglioni, Maria Chiara; Gillespie, Scott; Vicari, Stefano; Mazzone, Luigi.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 47, No. 4, 01.04.2017, p. 1051-1061.

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