Journal article

Development of restricted and repetitive behaviors from 15 to 77 months: Stability of two distinct subtypes?

Mirko Uljarević, Bronia Arnott, Sarah J Carrington, Elizabeth Meins, Charles Fernyhough, Helen McConachie, Ann Le Couteur, Susan R Leekam

Dev Psychol | Published : 2017


A community sample of 192 parents reported on their children's restricted and repetitive behaviors (RRBs) at mean ages 15 months (N = 138), 26 months (N = 191), and 77 months (N = 125) using the Repetitive Behavior Questionnaire-2 (RBQ-2). Consistent with previous factor analytic research, 2 factors were found at each age: 1 comprising repetitive sensory and motor behaviors (RSM), and the other comprising insistence on sameness behaviors including rigidity, routines, and restricted interests (IS). Regression analyses indicated that RSM and IS subtypes develop independently. RSM at 77 months was predicted only by RSM behaviors at 26 months and not by IS behaviors at either 15 or 26 months nor..

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