Elevated Autism Spectrum Disorder Traits in Young Children with OCD.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Studies have shown a high prevalence of autistic spectrum traits in both children and adults with psychiatric disorders; however the prevalence rate has not yet been investigated in young children with OCD. The aim of the current study was to (1) determine whether ASD traits indicated by the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) and the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) were elevated in young children with OCD who do not have a specific ASD diagnosis and (2) determine if ASD traits were associated with OCD severity. Participants (N = 127) were children ages 5-8 years enrolled in the pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment study for young children (POTS Jr.). Results indicated that the SRS showed elevated autistic traits in the sample and was associated with OCD severity whereas the SCQ did not indicate heightened ASD symptoms. Implications of these results are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stewart, E; Cancilliere, MK; Freeman, J; Wellen, B; Garcia, A; Sapyta, J; Franklin, M

Published Date

  • December 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 993 - 1001

PubMed ID

  • 26858231

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4977208

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3327

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10578-016-0629-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States