Repetitive behaviours in typically developing 2‐year‐olds

Department of Psychology, University of Durham, UK.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 5.67). 12/2007; 48(11):1131-8. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01778.x
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ABSTRACT Repetitive behaviours are an essential part of the diagnosis of autism but are also commonly seen in typically developing children. The current study investigated the frequency and factor structure of repetitive behaviours in a large community sample of 2-year-olds.
A new measure, the Repetitive Behaviour Questionnaire (RBQ-2) was completed by 679 parents.
The RBQ-2 had good psychometric properties. A four-factor model provided the best fit for the data, accounting for 51% of the variance, and suggested 4 sub-scales: unusual sensory interests, repetitive motor movements, rigidity/adherence to routine and preoccupations with restricted patterns of interest. These sub-scales closely resembled repetitive behaviour subtypes within the ICD-10 criteria for autism. Repetitive behaviours of every type were frequently reported. Higher scores were found for all children, and especially boys, on the subscale relating to preoccupations with restricted patterns of interests.
The results support the proposal that repetitive behaviours represent a continuum of functioning that extends to the typically developing child population.

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    • "The aim of Study 1 was to develop and test the RBQ-2A as a self-report measure of RRBs in NT adults. An existing parent report measure of RRBs, the RBQ-2 (Leekam et al. 2007b), was adapted into an adult self-report measure and administered to a university student sample. PCA resulted in a two-component structure, one comprising motor behaviours, RMB, and the other behaviours related to routines and a preference for sameness, IS. "
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    • "Some of the differences might be explained in terms of the developmental level of each sample, given that the ASD sample was older than the original published sample. For example, two items (carrying around objects and arranging objects), commonly seen in typical toddlers and infants (59% and 64% of children respectively in Leekam et al., 2007), did not load sufficiently highly to be included for the ASD sample, while two other items (hoarding objects and fascination with specific objects), which are common in older children, loaded in the factor analysis for ASD children but not in the original published study. Apart from these four items that might be explained by their developmental appropriateness, only two further items (interest in smell and eating the same/small range of foods) loaded onto different factors for the two samples, although both might be considered to have a mixed interpretation relevant to both sensory and restricted interests. "
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