The relationship between self-reported sensory experiences and autistic traits in the general population: a mixed methods analysis

Ashley E Robertson, David R Simmons

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Abstract

There have been few examples of inductive research in sensory reactivity, particularly in relation to autistic traits among the general population. This study used a mixed methods approach to explore the nature of sensory experiences among people with different levels of autistic traits. Participants completed the Glasgow Sensory Questionnaire and the Autism Spectrum Quotient. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were performed on the data. Responses to the open questions were analyzed as part of this study, and the closed questionnaire data have been reported elsewhere. Data were coded and responses quantitatively compared by group. In addition, data were qualitatively analyzed using a general inductive approach, which resulted in two themes: “problematic sensory experiences” and “calming sensory experiences.” Results show that coping mechanisms and certain aspects of the sensory experience vary according to autistic trait level, and provide insight into the nature of sensory reactivity across the general population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-192
Number of pages11
JournalFocus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online date31 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Autism
  • Sensory
  • Autistic Traits
  • Mixed Methods
  • Thematic Analysis

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