Psychiatric symptoms and psychosocial difficulties in young adults with autistic traits

Stephen M. Kanne, Shawn E. Christ, Angela M. Reiersen

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A screening version of the social responsiveness scale (SRS) was administered to 1,847 university students to identify a subgroup reporting significantly greater autism traits relative to their peers (High SRS group). A group reporting minimal autism traits was also identified (Low SRS group) matched for age, gender, and attentional difficulties. We administered the Behavioral Assessment System for Children-2nd edition (BASC-2), a comprehensive questionnaire designed to assess psychiatric symptoms and personality characteristics, to both groups. The high SRS group reported significantly more difficulties across the majority of areas, including depression/anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and personal adjustment. Thus, young adults reporting a greater degree of autistic traits also reported greater psychiatric difficulties across a wide psychosocial range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-833
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of autism and developmental disorders
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Autism
  • BASC-2
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Psychiatric symptoms
  • SRS


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