Measuring Five Factor Personality Traits in Autism During Early Childhood

  • Brian Barger
  • Jonathan Campbell
  • Christina Simmons


This study reports data indicating that the Five Factor facets measured with the Inventory of Children’s Individual Differences- Short Form (ICID-S; Deal, Halverson, Martin, Victor, & Baker, Journal of Personality Assessment, 89, 162–166, 2007) differentiate children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from typically developing children during early childhood. Two 2 (ASD versus typical) by 2 (Sex) age controlled MANCOVAs were performed: (1) ASD versus a contemporaneous comparison group and (2) ASD versus a norming data subset. Socio-economic status was also controlled in the contemporaneous comparison. Results indicated that group differences in both analyses were consistent with the broader ASD literature.


Autism Temperament Personality Five factor model Autism quotient 


Funding Acknowledgments

This research was fully supported by a graduate research grant from the Organization for Autism Research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Barger
    • 1
  • Jonathan Campbell
    • 1
  • Christina Simmons
    • 1
  1. 1.AthensUSA

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