ERIC Number: EJ1037115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
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Reference Count: 46
Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program Shows Potential in Reducing Symptoms of Depression and Stress among Young People with ASD
McGillivray, J. A.; Evert, H. T.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n8 p2041-2051 Aug 2014
We examined the efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered in groups on the reduction of symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress in young people on the autism spectrum. Utilising a quasi-experimental design, comparisons were made between individuals allocated to a group intervention program and individuals allocated to a waitlist. Following the intervention program, participants who were initially symptomatic reported significantly lower depression and stress scores on the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales in comparison to individuals on the waitlist. There was no significant change in anxiety related symptoms. The benefits were maintained at 3 and 9 month follow-up. Our findings demonstrate the potential of CBT in a small group setting for assisting young people with ASD who have symptoms of depression and stress.
Descriptors: Cognitive Restructuring, Behavior Modification, Group Counseling, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Stress Variables, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comparative Analysis, Experimental Groups, Control Groups
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