Psychological Medicine

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Psychological Medicine (1992), 22:245-254 Cambridge University Press
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doi:10.1017/S0033291700032918

Preliminary Communication

Social language use in parents of autistic individuals


R. Landaa1 c1, J. Pivena1, M. M. Wzoreka1, J. O. Gaylea1, G. A. Chasea1 and S. E. Folsteina1

a1 Departments of Psychiatry, Mental Hygiene and Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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landa r [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
piven j [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
wzorek mm [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
gayle jo [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
chase ga [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
folstein se [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]

SYNOPSIS

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.

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c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Rebecca Landa, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 600 North Wolfe Street, Meyer 2–181, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA.


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