ERIC Number: EJ1041078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
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Reference Count: 33
Brief Report: Emotion Regulation and Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Guy, Lisa; Souders, Margaret; Bradstreet, Lauren; DeLussey, Christine; Herrington, John D.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n10 p2614-2620 Oct 2014
Emotion regulation (ER) may be an important transdiagnostic factor for understanding mental and behavioral health given its association with several psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, there is limited research on ER in ASD, particularly using biomarkers such as respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA). The aim of the current study was to examine RSA among school-aged children with ASD in relation to symptoms of anxiety, executive functioning, and adaptive socialization skills. Results showed decreased RSA in children with ASD (relative to typically developing controls), reflecting decreased parasympathetic nervous system activity. In addition, decreased RSA was associated with increased symptoms of anxiety and lower socialization skills. These findings emphasize the need for interventions targeting emotional and arousal regulation in ASD.
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Self Control, Mental Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Physiology, Children, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Anxiety, Executive Function, Socialization, Interpersonal Competence, Correlation, Arousal Patterns
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