A Preliminary Study of Gender Differences in Autobiographical Memory in Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lorna Goddard*, Barbara Dritschel, Patricia Howlin

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    Abstract

    Autobiographical memory was assessed in 24 children (12 male, 12 female, aged between 8 and 16 years) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a comparison group of 24 typically developing (TD) children matched for age, IQ, gender and receptive language. Results suggested that a deficit in specific memory retrieval in the ASD group was more characteristic of male participants. Females in both the TD and ASD groups generated more detailed and emotional memories than males. They also demonstrated superior verbal fluency scores; verbal fluency and autobiographical memory cueing task performance were significantly positively correlated in females. Results are discussed in light of recent research suggesting gender differences in the phenotype of ASD.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2087-2095
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
    Volume44
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

    Keywords

    • Autobiographical memory
    • Gender
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM
    • ASPERGER-SYNDROME
    • EPISODIC MEMORY
    • SEX-DIFFERENCES
    • ADULTS
    • SELF
    • DEPRESSION
    • RETRIEVAL
    • CONSTRUCTION
    • INDIVIDUALS

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