Brief Report: Repetitive Behaviours in Greek Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Stelios Georgiades
  • Vaya Papageorgiou
  • Evdokia Anagnostou
Brief Report


The main objective of this study was to examine the factor structure of restricted repetitive behaviours (RRBs) in a sample of 205 Greek individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), using the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R). Results show that the structure of RRBs in this Greek sample can be described using a 2-factor solution. The current study provides further, cross-cultural support for the distinction between a “high-order” factor reflecting compulsions, rituals, sameness, and restricted behaviours (CRSRB) and a “low-order” factor reflecting stereotyped movements and self-injurious behaviours (SSIB). These factors are most likely located at the top of the RRB structural hierarchy and represent general, independent constructs of ASD behaviours that can be identified not only across studies but also across cultures.


Autism Repetitive Behaviours Factor Structure Cross-cultural 



We would like to thank the individuals and families who participated in this study as well as the Greek Society for the Protection of Autistic People and its affiliated organizations for their help with data collection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stelios Georgiades
    • 1
  • Vaya Papageorgiou
    • 2
  • Evdokia Anagnostou
    • 3
  1. 1.Offord Centre for Child Studies & Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.ThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Bloorview Research InstituteUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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