Preliminary communication social language use in parents of autistic individuals

R. Landa, J. Piven, M. M. Wzorek, J. O. Gayle, G. A. Chase, S. E. Folstein

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Abstract

Social language use (pragmatics) in parents of autistic individuals and controls was compared. Autism parents displayed atypical pragmatic behaviours more often than controls. Preliminary factor analysis suggested three parsimonious groupings of pragmatic abnormalities: Disinhibited Social Communication, Awkward/Inadequate Expression, and Odd Verbal Interaction. The pragmatic features observed in some autism parents are milder but conceptually similar to the social language deficits of autism. Possible reasons for familial aggregation of pragmatic language deficits are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-254
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological medicine
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Landa, R., Piven, J., Wzorek, M. M., Gayle, J. O., Chase, G. A., & Folstein, S. E. (1992). Preliminary communication social language use in parents of autistic individuals. Psychological medicine, 22(1), 245-254. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291700032918