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Do women with eating disorders who have social and flexibility difficulties really have autism? A case series

Mandy, W; Tchanturia, K; (2015) Do women with eating disorders who have social and flexibility difficulties really have autism? A case series. Molecular Autism , 6 p. 6. 10.1186/2040-2392-6-6. Green open access

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Abstract

Many women with eating disorders (EDs) have social impairments and difficulties with flexibility. It is unclear to what extent these are manifestations of an underlying autism spectrum disorder (ASD); or whether they are instead the consequence of starvation, anxiety, low mood or obsessive compulsive disorder, all of which are highly prevalent in EDs. The resolution of this clinically and theoretically important uncertainty will require the use of gold-standard ASD assessment measures. To date these have not been employed in ED research. This case series is the first report of a well-validated, direct-observational measure of ASD, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), being administered to women with EDs. We aimed to learn about the feasibility of the ADOS in this population, and to contribute to debates about whether a sub-group with EDs really have ASD.

Type: Article
Title: Do women with eating disorders who have social and flexibility difficulties really have autism? A case series
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/2040-2392-6-6
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2040-2392-6-6
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 Mandy and Tchanturia; licensee BioMed Central. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Keywords: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, clinical interview, gender differences
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472078
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