Interrelationship between insistence on sameness, effortful control and anxiety in adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Published July 2017
AbstractBackground Both self-regulation and insistence on sameness (IS) are related to anxiety, which is a common feature of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Here, we aimed to characterise the IS-self-regulation-anxiety interrelationship by investigating the potential contribution made by self-regulation, assessed via effortful control (EC), to the IS-anxiety relationship in a sample of adolescents and young adults with ASD. Method Seventy-one older adolescents and younger adults with ASD (49 males, 22 females; M age = 18.71 years, SD = 2.51, range 14.42–24.81) completed the Adult Repetitive Behaviour Questionnaire-2, Effortful Control Scale of the Adult Temperament Questionnaire and the DSM-5 Dimensional Anxiety Scales. Results IS was associated with both EC (r = −.39, p = .001) and anxiety (r = .45, p
CitationUljarević, M., Richdale, A.L., Cai, R.Y., Evans, D.W., Leekam, S.R. (2017). Interrelationship between insistence on sameness, effortful control and anxiety in adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Molecular Autism, 8(36). DOI: 10.1186/s13229-017-0158-4.
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