Parent–child interaction and oxytocin production in pre-schoolers with autism spectrum disorder

  title={Parent–child interaction and oxytocin production in pre-schoolers with autism spectrum disorder},
  author={R. Feldman and O. Golan and Yael Hirschler-Guttenberg and Sharon Ostfeld-Etzion and O. Zagoory-Sharon},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={107 - 112}
  • R. Feldman, O. Golan, +2 authors O. Zagoory-Sharon
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • British Journal of Psychiatry
  • Background Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with genetic risk on the oxytocin system, suggesting oxytocin involvement in ASD; yet oxytocin functioning in young children with ASD is unknown. Aims To assess baseline oxytocin in pre-schoolers with ASD and test whether oxytocin production may be enhanced by parent–child contact. Method Forty pre-schoolers with high-functioning ASD were matched with 40 typically developing controls. Two home visits included an identical 45-minute social… CONTINUE READING
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