ERIC Number: EJ1000588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
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Reference Count: 49
Social Anxiety Predicts Aggression in Children with ASD: Clinical Comparisons with Socially Anxious and Oppositional Youth
Pugliese, Cara E.; White, Bradley A.; White, Susan W.; Ollendick, Thomas H.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n5 p1205-1213 May 2013
The present study examined the degree to which social anxiety predicts aggression in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASD, n = 20) compared to children with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD, n = 20) or with Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder (ODD/CD, n = 20). As predicted, children with HFASD reported levels of humiliation/rejection fears commensurate with children with SAD and exhibited aggression at levels commensurate with ODD/CD, and a curvilinear relationship between social fears and aggression was found in the HFASD group only. Results indicate the possibility of an optimal level of social-evaluative fears that is unique for children with HFASD; too little social fear or too much may contribute to problems with aggression.
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Anxiety, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Aggression, Predictor Variables, Children, Youth, Behavior Disorders, Fear, Psychological Patterns, Correlation, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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