Repetitive Behaviour in Children with High Functioning Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Fiona Zandt, Margot Ruth Prior, Michael Kyrios

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Abstract

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) were compared on a range of repetitive behaviours. Parents reported similar levels of sameness behaviour and repetitive movements in the clinical groups, although children with OCD engaged in more repetitive behaviour focussed around routines and rituals. Children with OCD reported more compulsions and obsessions than children with ASD; both groups reported more compulsions and obsessions than a typically developing comparison group. Types of compulsions and obsessions tended to be less sophisticated in children with ASD than those with OCD. Sameness behaviour was more prevalent in younger children with OCD, but for children with ASD, age was not significantly related to sameness behaviour, repetitive movements, compulsions, or obsessions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-259
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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