ERIC Number: EJ1073016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
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Investigation of Individual Factors Associated with Anxiety in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dubin, Ashley H.; Lieberman-Betz, Rebecca; Michele Lease, A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n9 p2947-2960 Sep 2015
As youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to experience anxiety than youth in the general population, investigation of associated factors is important for diagnosis and treatment. The present study extended prior research by examining factors associated with caregiver-reported anxiety in 2662 youth (mean age = 8.82 years) with ASD. Logistic regression analyses indicated increases in age, social problems, and cognitive functioning predicted high anxiety group membership. Cognitive functioning moderated the relation of adaptive social behaviors and anxiety. Results from the present study provide support for previously identified factors associated with anxiety; however, further investigation is necessary to uncover additional factors and to explore their relation to anxiety across individuals with ASD with varying levels of cognitive functioning.
Descriptors: Anxiety, Youth, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Regression (Statistics), Age Differences, Antisocial Behavior, Interpersonal Relationship, Cognitive Ability, Predictor Variables
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