Adaptive behavior and problem behavior in young children with Williams syndrome

Laura J. Hahn, Deborah J. Fidler, Susan L. Hepburn

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The present study compares the adaptive behavior profile of 18 young children with Williams syndrome (WS) and a developmentally matched group of 19 children with developmental disabilities and examines the relationship between adaptive behavior and problem behaviors in WS. Parents completed the Vineland Adaptive Behavioral Scales - Interview edition and the Developmental Behavior Checklist - Primary Caregiver version (WS only). Children with WS had higher adaptive communication scores than children with other developmental disabilities. Children with WS demonstrated relative strengths in adaptive communication and socialization, coupled with relative weaknesses in daily living. Adaptive communication and socialization were negatively associated with problem behaviors in social relating in WS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-63
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican journal on intellectual and developmental disabilities
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive behavior
  • Problem behavior
  • Williams syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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