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ERIC Number: EJ1003365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Mindfulness-Based Therapy in Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Spek, Annelies A.; van Ham, Nadia C.; Nyklicek, Ivan
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v34 n1 p246-253 Jan 2013
Research shows that depression and anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric concern in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) has been found effective in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms, however research in autism is limited. Therefore, we examined the effects of a modified MBT protocol (MBT-AS) in high-functioning adults with ASD. 42 participants were randomized into a 9-week MBT-AS training or a wait-list control group. Results showed a significant reduction in depression, anxiety and rumination in the intervention group, as opposed to the control group. Furthermore, positive affect increased in the intervention group, but not in the control group. Concluding, the present study is the first controlled trial to demonstrate that adults with ASD can benefit from MBT-AS. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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