An Investigation of anxiety in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559519
Title:
An Investigation of anxiety in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
Authors:
Williams, Sian; Leader, Geraldine; Mannion, Arlene; Chen, June
Publisher:
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Journal:
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Issue Date:
Nov-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559519
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S175094671400258X
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Anxiety-related concerns are among the most common presenting problems for school-age children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in clinical settings. The current study examined the relationship between anxiety and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, sleep problems, and challenging behavior in a sample of children and adolescents with ASD, aged 6-17 years. Parental measures were completed by 109 parents of children and adolescents with ASD. Significant positive correlations were found between anxiety and GI symptoms, and anxiety and sleep problems. A hierarchal linear regression indicated that demographic variables, GI symptoms, sleep problems, and challenging behavior accounted for 34% of the variance in anxiety, with sleep, severity of self-injurious behavior, age, and diagnosis of intellectual disability emerging as significant predictors. The findings suggest that these factors should be considered during clinical practice as they may serve as important alerts for clinicians to consider assessing for anxiety disorders. Future research should investigate these variables further by examining their associations with specific types of anxiety disorders.
Keywords:
ANXIETY DISORDERS; AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER; CHILDREN; ADOLESCENTS

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Sianen
dc.contributor.authorLeader, Geraldineen
dc.contributor.authorMannion, Arleneen
dc.contributor.authorChen, Juneen
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-10T11:35:11Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-10T11:35:11Zen
dc.date.issued2014-11en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/559519en
dc.descriptionAnxiety-related concerns are among the most common presenting problems for school-age children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in clinical settings. The current study examined the relationship between anxiety and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, sleep problems, and challenging behavior in a sample of children and adolescents with ASD, aged 6-17 years. Parental measures were completed by 109 parents of children and adolescents with ASD. Significant positive correlations were found between anxiety and GI symptoms, and anxiety and sleep problems. A hierarchal linear regression indicated that demographic variables, GI symptoms, sleep problems, and challenging behavior accounted for 34% of the variance in anxiety, with sleep, severity of self-injurious behavior, age, and diagnosis of intellectual disability emerging as significant predictors. The findings suggest that these factors should be considered during clinical practice as they may serve as important alerts for clinicians to consider assessing for anxiety disorders. Future research should investigate these variables further by examining their associations with specific types of anxiety disorders.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherResearch in Autism Spectrum Disordersen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S175094671400258Xen
dc.subjectANXIETY DISORDERSen
dc.subjectAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERen
dc.subjectCHILDRENen
dc.subjectADOLESCENTSen
dc.titleAn Investigation of anxiety in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorderen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disordersen
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