The Broader Autism Phenotype in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD

Renata Giuliani Endres Simone Steyer Lampert Jaqueline Bohrer Schuch Tatiana Roman Cleonice Alves Bosa About the authors

ABSTRACT

Researchers have identified milder expressions of Autism Spectrum Disorder in parents and siblings of these individuals, which are defined as broader autism phenotype (BAP). This study investigated the personality profile of 20 parents of children diagnosed with ASD. The Factor Personality Battery and the Broad Autism Phenotype Questionnaire were used. The results indicate the presence of some personality traits that might somewhat correspond to the areas of impairment present in ASD individuals. These findings point to a promising field of study, especially due to the use of a Brazilian instrument, not yet employed in research in the area of autism.

Keywords:
autism spectrum disorder; broader autism phenotype; parents; personality traits

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