A relationship between early language skills and adult autistic-like traits: evidence from a longitudinal population-based study

Armstrong, Rebecca, Whitehouse, Andrew J. O., Scott, James G., Copland, David A., McMahon, Katie L., Fleming, Sophie and Arnott, Wendy (2017) A relationship between early language skills and adult autistic-like traits: evidence from a longitudinal population-based study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-12. doi:10.1007/s10803-016-3014-z


Author Armstrong, Rebecca
Whitehouse, Andrew J. O.
Scott, James G.
Copland, David A.
McMahon, Katie L.
Fleming, Sophie
Arnott, Wendy
Title A relationship between early language skills and adult autistic-like traits: evidence from a longitudinal population-based study
Journal name Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-3257
1573-3432
Publication date 2017-02-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10803-016-3014-z
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract The current study examined the relationship between early language ability and autistic-like traits in adulthood, utilising data from 644 participants from a longitudinal study of the general population. Language performance at 2 years was measured with the Language Development Survey (LDS), and at 20 years the participants completed the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ). Vocabulary size at 2 years was negatively associated with Total AQ score, as well as scores on the Communication, and Social Skills subscales. Adults who had been late talkers were also more likely to have ‘high’ scores on the Communication subscale. This is the first study to show an association between early language ability and autistic-like traits in adulthood.
Keyword Autism spectrum disorder
Autistic-like traits
Early language skills
Late talking
Raine Study
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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