Objectives: To partially replicate the findings of the Ingersoll and Hambrick (2011) article by investigating potential associations between 14 different maternal psychiatric diagnoses (i.e., depression, anxiety, social phobia, OCD, Attention Hyperactivity Disorder) and child adaptive functioning.
Methods: Participants are children with ASD from the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC; https://sfari.org/simons-simplex-collection), which contains children between the ages of 4 and 18 years. All have received clinical diagnoses of ASD via administrations of the Autism Diagnostic Interview—Revised (ADI-R; Rutter et al., 2009) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS; Lord et al., 2000). Additional participants will include the biological mothers of the children with ASD. Demographic information will include participant sex, age, and race/ethnicity. Child ASD adaptive functioning will be assessed through the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale-Second Edition (VABS-II; Sparrow, Cicchetti, and Balla, 2005) adaptive behavior composite score. Maternal psychiatric history will be determined through an SSC-specific measure called the Medical History Interview (MHI) and will include reported incidence of 14 different diagnoses including depression, anxiety, social phobia, OCD, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. All data for this project have been collected via the SSC.
Results: An analysis of variance (ANOVA) test will be conducted to determine if there are differences in child adaptive functioning across the various maternal psychiatric diagnoses. If significant differences are discovered, appropriate post hoc analyses will be utilized.
Conclusions: Findings from this study may add to the findings from the Ingersoll and Hambrick (2011) article and may further reveal the importance of understanding the potential impact maternal psychiatric history may have on children with ASD.
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