The effects of a course of intranasal oxytocin on social behaviors in youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders: a randomized controlled trial.

@article{Guastella2015TheEO,
  title={The effects of a course of intranasal oxytocin on social behaviors in youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders: a randomized controlled trial.},
  author={Adam J Guastella and Kylie M. Gray and Nicole J Rinehart and Gail A Alvares and Bruce J. Tonge and Ian B. Hickie and Caroline M Keating and Cristina Cacciotti-Saija and Stewart L. Einfeld},
  journal={Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines},
  year={2015},
  volume={56 4},
  pages={444-52}
}
BACKGROUND There is increasing interest in oxytocin as a therapeutic to treat social deficits in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a course of oxytocin nasal spray to improve social behavior in youth with ASD. METHODS In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial across two Australian university sites between February 2009 and January 2012, 50 male participants aged between 12 and 18 years, with Autistic or Asperger's Disorder, were… CONTINUE READING
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