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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


MACIAS BEDOYA, Diego; MARTIN BORREGUERO, Pilar  and  VILLAGRAN MORENO, José. Towards a personality profile of adults with autism spectrum disorder using MMPI-2: preliminary data. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.124, pp.695-710. ISSN 2340-2733.

Introduction: The majority of studies into people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) focus on finding deficits in such people. Personality has scarcely received any attention in this group of patients, even though a proportion of people with ASD, those who have no mental delay, are often mistaken for people with Personality Disorders. The aim of this study is twofold: to identify the personality traits of a group of people diagnosed with ASD and also to determine whether there is a pattern of clinical traits in such a group. Material and methods: The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2)was used to measure personality. The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-III) was used to determine intelligence quotient. To confirm the ASD diagnosis the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADIR) were used. Ten adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were individually evaluated. A control group of ten people with no mental health diagnosis was also used. Results: Results show higher scores in ASP patients than controls in L (lie) and F (incoherence) validity scales, 2 (Depression) and 0 (Social isolation) clinical scales and ANX (Anxiety), SOD (Social Discomfort) and OBS (Obsessiveness) content scales, and lower scores in K (correction) factor. Conclusions: Data obtained from this preliminary study show a personality profile similar to that of people with Asperger Syndrome. The MMPI-2 emerges as a test to be considered when diagnosing adults with this syndrome.

Keywords : Asperger Syndrome; Autistic disorder; MMPI-2; personality assessment.

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