Comparison Groups in Autism Family Research: Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and Schizophrenia

Marsha Mailick Seltzer, Leonard J Abbeduto, Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, Jan Greenberg, April Swe

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This paper examines methodological challenges inherent in conducting research on families of children with autism and in comparing these families with others who are coping with different types of disabilities or who have nondisabled children. Although most comparative research has contrasted families whose child has autism with those whose child has Down syndrome, the range of comparison groups can be expanded to offer additional points of contrast and control. We discuss both matching and statistical control procedures and point to next steps in this line of comparative autism family research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Families
  • Fragile X
  • Matching
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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