Aberrant behaviors of young boys with fragile X syndrome.
To determine whether aberrant behaviors described in boys with fragile X syndrome distinguish them from other boys with developmental disabilities, we asked the primary caregivers of 55 boys with fragile X and 57 matched controls to complete five behavioral questionnaires. Twenty-one items distinguished the groups. Principal components analysis (PCA) yielded five behavioral clusters: abnormal language, tactile defensiveness, poor self-control, poor eye contact/shyness, and hand flapping. Boys with fragile X were found times more likely to have both tactile defensiveness and abnormal language. The presence of these abnormal behaviors in boys with developmental delays warrants further assessment for fragile X.
Lachiewicz, AM; Spiridigliozzi, GA; Gullion, CM; Ransford, SN; Rao, K
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