Autistic adults’ subjective experiences of hoarding and self-injurious behaviors

Yael Goldfarb, Osnat Zafrani, Darren Hedley, Maya Yaari, Eynat Gal

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Hoarding and self-injurious behaviors are relatively common in autism, but knowledge about their expressions in adulthood is scarce. Through interviews collecting subjective experiences of autistic adults, these behaviors were explored, and categorized to their underlying purposes. Findings portray the occurrence of these behaviors in the lives of autistic adults, their self-regulatory purposes, and their relationship to other behaviors in the domain of Restrictive and Repetitive Behaviors and Interests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1457-1468
Number of pages12
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2021

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  • Repetitive and Restrictive Behaviors and Interests
  • adults
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • hoarding
  • self-injurious behaviors
  • Autistic Disorder
  • Hoarding
  • Humans
  • Adult
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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