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Personal space regulation in Williams syndrome: The effect of familiarity

Lough, E.; Flynn, E.; Riby, D.M.

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Authors

E. Lough

E. Flynn



Abstract

Personal space refers to a protective barrier that we strive to maintain around our body. We examined personal space regulation in young people with Williams syndrome (WS) and their typically developing, chronological age-matched peers using a parent report questionnaire and a stop-distance paradigm. Individuals with WS were reported by their parents to be more likely to violate the personal space of others, and indeed they maintained a shorter interpersonal distance in the stop-distance paradigm. Interestingly, WS individuals failed to regulate their personal space based on the familiarity of the person they were interacting with. Findings are discussed in relation to the wider social profile associated with WS, and the possible impact of atypical personal space regulation on social vulnerability.

Citation

Lough, E., Flynn, E., & Riby, D. (2016). Personal space regulation in Williams syndrome: The effect of familiarity. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(10), 3207-3215. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2864-8

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 10, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 15, 2016
Publication Date Oct 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 15, 2017
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN 0162-3257
Electronic ISSN 1573-3432
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 10
Pages 3207-3215
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2864-8

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