Behavioral profiles of children with Williams syndrome from Spain and the United States: Cross-cultural similarities and differences

Débora Pérez-García, Carme Brun-Gasca, Luis A. Pérez-Jurado, Carolyn B. Mervis

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Abstract

© 2017 AAIDD. To identify similarities and differences in the behavioral profile of children with Williams syndrome from Spain (n= 53) and the United States (n=145), we asked parents of 6- to 14-year-olds with Williams syndrome to complete the Child Behavior Checklist 6-18. The distribution of raw scores was significantly higher for the Spanish sample than the American sample for all of the higher-order factors and half of both the empirically based and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-oriented scales. In contrast, analyses based on country-specific T-scores indicated that the distribution for the Spanish sample was significantly higher than for the American sample only on the Social Problems scale. No gender differences were found. Genetic and cultural influences on children's behavior and cultural influences on parental ratings of behavior are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-172
JournalAmerican Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Volume122
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Child Behavior Checklist
  • Cross-cultural
  • Intellectual disability
  • Williams syndrome
  • Williams-beuren syndrome

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    Pérez-García, D., Brun-Gasca, C., Pérez-Jurado, L. A., & Mervis, C. B. (2017). Behavioral profiles of children with Williams syndrome from Spain and the United States: Cross-cultural similarities and differences. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 122, 156-172. https://doi.org/10.1352/1944-7558-122.2.156