The Relationship of Asperger’s Characteristics and Schizotypal Personality Traits in a Non-clinical Adult Sample

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Thomas R. Kwapil, Associate Professor (Creator)
John Thomas Mitchell (Creator)
Rosemery O. Nelson-Gray, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The study examines the relationship between Asperger’s Disorder (AD) and Schizotypal Personality Disorder (SPD), mutually exclusive but similar diagnoses [DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association (2000).Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. Washington, DC: Author]. The literature and comparison of diagnostic criteria suggest that the two disorders may overlap: AD social impairment with SPD interpersonal problems and AD communication deficits with SPD disorganized features. Questionnaire measures of AD and SPD were administered to a large non-clinical adult sample. Consistent with expectations, the Asperger’s and Schizotypal questionnaires were positively correlated. Further, the social-interpersonal and communication-disorganized areas were positively correlated, though the relationship between social-interpersonal areas is particularly strong. Future research should continue to explore the relationship between AD and schizotypy to confirm current findings and improve understanding of distinctions between the disorders.

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Language: English
Date: 2006
asperger’s disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, autism spectrum quotient, schizotypal personality questionnaire, autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders

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