Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 347–360 | Cite as

A Comparison of Repetitive Behaviors in Aspergers Disorder and High Functioning Autism

  • Michael L. Cuccaro
  • Laura Nations
  • Jason Brinkley
  • Ruth K. Abramson
  • Harry H. Wright
  • Alicia Hall
  • John Gilbert
  • Margaret A. Pericak-Vance
Original Article


In this study we compared 33 IQ and age matched pairs of individuals with Aspergers Disorder (ASP) and high functioning autism (HFA) on measures of repetitive behavior. On the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R), the ASP and HFA groups showed no differences in RBS-R Intensity score (severity) score or Frequency score (number of problems present). This suggests that the two groups are similar with respect to␣the intensity or severity of repetitive behaviors and the presence of repetitive behaviors. At the item level there were no differences on scales typically associated with autism (Stereotyped Behavior) and ASP (Restricted Interests). Similarly, there were no differences between the groups on the Aberrant Behavior Checklist Stereotypy scale. These findings add to the body of literature showing that HFA and ASP fail to differ with respect to repetitive behaviors. The implications of the findings for neurobiologic and genetic studies are discussed.


Aspergers Disorder High functioning autism Repetitive behaviors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. Cuccaro
    • 1
    • 3
  • Laura Nations
    • 1
  • Jason Brinkley
    • 1
  • Ruth K. Abramson
    • 2
  • Harry H. Wright
    • 2
  • Alicia Hall
    • 2
  • John Gilbert
    • 1
  • Margaret A. Pericak-Vance
    • 1
  1. 1.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.University of South Carolina School of MedicineColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Miami Institute for Human GenomicsUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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