07/04/2019 Psychology
DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/9qrc5 SemanticScholar ID: 240716747

Relations between bilingualism and autistic-like traits in a general population sample of primary school children

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Some evidence suggests that bilingualism improves communication and cognitive skills which are often impaired in autism. However, diagnosing autism in bilinguals may suffer a cultural bias, which can affect the investigation of bilingualism and autism. Therefore, the current study investigates relations between autistic-like traits (ALTs) and bilingualism in a general population sample of 394 children (Mage=8;3). Within the high-scoring group on the ALT measure, monolinguals had significantly higher ALT scores than bilinguals. There were no differences between monolinguals and bilinguals in the low-scoring group. Across the whole sample, age and structural language skills accounted for 35% variance in ALTs, while bilingualism had no effect on ALTs. Furthermore, structural language skills explained more variance in ALTs among bilinguals than among monolinguals.

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Dr. Draško Kašćelan

University of Leeds - Post-doctoral Research Assistant

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