Journal article

Nasal Oxytocin for Social Deficits in Childhood Autism: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Mark R Dadds, Elayne MacDonald, Avril Cauchi, Katrina Williams, Florence Levy, John Brennan

JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2014

Abstract

The last two decades have witnessed a surge in research investigating the application of oxytocin as a method of enhancing social behaviour in humans. Preliminary evidence suggests oxytocin may have potential as an intervention for autism. We evaluated a 5-day 'live-in' intervention using a double-blind randomized control trial. 38 male youths (7-16 years old) with autism spectrum disorders were administered 24 or 12 international units (depending on weight) intranasal placebo or oxytocin once daily over four consecutive days. The oxytocin or placebo was administered during parent-child interaction training sessions. Parent and child behaviours were assessed using parent reports, clinician r..

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