Study of the interaction between executive function and adaptive behavior at school in girls with fragile x syndrome

Lorena Joga-Elvira*, Jennifer Martinez-Olmo, María Luisa Joga, Carlos Jacas, Ana Roche-Martínez, Carme Brun-Gasca

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to analyze the relationship between executive functions and adaptive behavior in girls with Fragile X syndrome (FXS) in the school setting. This study is part of a larger investigation conducted at the Hospital Parc Tauli in Sabadell. The sample consists of a total of 40 girls (26 with FXS and 14 control) aged 7-16 years, who were administered different neuropsychological tests (WISC-V, NEPSY-II, WCST, TOL) and questionnaires answered by teachers (ABAS-II, BRIEF 2, ADHD Rating Scale). The results show that there is a greater interaction between some areas of executive function (cognitive flexibility, auditory attention, and visual abstraction capacity) and certain areas of adaptive behavior (conceptual, practical, social, and total domains) in the FXS group than in the control group. These results suggest that an alteration in the executive functions was affecting the daily functioning of the girls with FXS to a greater extent.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1108
JournalGenes (Basel)
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Adaptive behavior
  • Executive function
  • Fragile x syndrome
  • School
  • Young females

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