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Hyper-responsiveness to touch mediates social dysfunction in adults with autism spectrum disorders
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro County Council, Örebro, Sweden. (Centre for Rehabilitation Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6703-7575
2015 (English)In: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ISSN 1750-9467, Vol. 9, 13-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigated whether hyper-responsiveness to touch serves as a mediating variable that predicts social dysfunction in adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Data were obtained from all adults with administratively defined intellectual disability in a region in Sweden (n = 915, where 143 had ASD). A multiple mediation modeling analysis revealed a well-fitted model (Satorra-Bentler scaled chi-square = 10.91, df = 7, p = 0.14, CFI = 0.99, RMSEA = 0.025), demonstrating that social dysfunction among adults with ASD was completely mediated by hyper-responsiveness to touch followed by impairment of speech and aggressive/destructive behavior. The results demonstrated that in adulthood, the tactile sensory system is foundational for social functioning in people with ASD, with diagnosis and intervention implications.

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2015. Vol. 9, 13-20 p.
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Autism spectrum disorders; Sensory processing; Somatosensory; Tactile; Touch
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Medical and Health Sciences Psychiatry
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-40323DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2014.09.012ISI: 000347601500002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84908327607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-40323DiVA: diva2:777185
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2015-02-13Bibliographically approved

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