Based upon checklist data from the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, we hypothesized that functional constipation (FC) would be associated with rigid-compulsive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We used the Questionnaire on Pediatric Gastrointestinal Symptoms-Rome III to assess FC symptoms in 108 children with ASD. As hypothesized, FC was associated with parent ratings on the Repetitive Behavior Scales-Revised (RBS-R) Compulsive, Ritualistic, and Sameness subscales in the overall population. Of note, FC was less common in children who were not taking medications that target behavior or treat FC. In the medication-freechildren, rigid-compulsive behavior was not significantly associated with FC. More research is needed to understand the mechanisms underlying these associations.
- Medical comorbidity
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology