Understanding the Role of the Oxytocin Receptor Gene in anxiety and social behaviours in individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is this study? What does it involve?

We are looking at genetic factors that influence social and psychological functioning in autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

Adults and children aged 12 years and over with autism will be asked to complete a range of questionnaires asking about social and psychological functioning and will be asked to provide a saliva sample, so we can look at individual differences in the oxytocin receptor gene, a gene involved in social approach and avoidance behaviours. Parents/informants/guardians will also be asked to complete some questionnaires.

All research can be undertaken in the privacy of your own home and should take around 60-90 minutes to complete.

Who can participate?

Adults, teens and children (5 years and over) who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (e.g. ASD, Asperger’s, pervasive developmental disorder) are invited to participate, along with their parents/carers!

How can I participate?

Parents/caregivers who would like to participate, click here: https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8CCBZT2dpht1uex

Children and adolescents aged 12-17 with ASD who would like to participate, click here: https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_abDlrol11FDYx2R

Adults (18+) with ASD who would like to participate, click here: https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5vvvDGv75y6ZHA9

Contact Details!

This study is being conducted by Kelsie Boulton (PhD candidate) who is supervised by A/Prof Melanie Porter at Macquarie University.

For more information, please contact Kelsie on 0422 196 474 or at kelsie.boulton@hdr.mq.edu.au