Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 472–482 | Cite as

A Cross-Sectional Survey of Repetitive Behaviors and Restricted Interests in A Typically Developing Turkish Child Population

  • Ahmet Çevikaslan
  • David W. Evans
  • Ceyda Dedeoğlu
  • Sibel Kalaça
  • Yankı Yazgan
Original Article


This study examined compulsive-like behaviors (CLBs) which are higher-order types of Repetitive Behaviors And Restricted Interests (RBRIs) in typically developing children in Turkey. Caregivers of 1,204 children between 8 and 72 months were interviewed with Childhood Routines Inventory (CRI) by trained interviewers in a cross-sectional survey. Factor analysis of the CRI revealed two factor structures comprising “just right behaviors” and “repetitive/sensory sensitivity behaviors”. CLB frequency peaked at 2–4 years with declines after age four. In contrast to the previous CRI studies reporting no gender difference, CLBs were more common in males in 12–23 and 48–59 month age groups on both total CLB frequency and repetitive/sensory sensitivity behaviors. Also ages of onsets for CRI items were somewhat later than reported in other samples. Our findings supported the findings of the previous CRI studies while also revealing new perspectives in need of further investigation.


Compulsive-like behavior Ritualistic behavior Repetitive behavior Restricted interest Childhood Routines Inventory 



This study was partially supported by a research grant by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Turkey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmet Çevikaslan
    • 1
  • David W. Evans
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ceyda Dedeoğlu
    • 4
  • Sibel Kalaça
    • 5
  • Yankı Yazgan
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry DepartmentMarmara University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentBucknell UniversityLewisburgUSA
  3. 3.Geisinger-Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine CenterLewisburgUSA
  4. 4.Psychology DepartmentBoğaziçi UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  5. 5.Preventive Medicine and Public Health DepartmentMarmara University School of MedicineIstanbulTurkey
  6. 6.Yale Child Study CenterNew HavenUSA

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