ERIC Number: EJ1078668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
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Maladaptive Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Emotion Experience and Emotion Regulation
Samson, Andrea C.; Hardan, Antonio Y.; Lee, Ihno A.; Phillips, Jennifer M.; Gross, James J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n11 p3424-3432 Nov 2015
Maladaptive behavior is common in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, the factors that give rise to maladaptive behavior in this context are not well understood. The present study examined the role of emotion experience and emotion regulation in maladaptive behavior in individuals with ASD and typically developing (TD) participants. Thirty-one individuals with ASD and 28 TD participants and their parents completed questionnaires assessing emotion experience, regulation, and maladaptive behavior. Compared to TD participants, individuals with ASD used cognitive reappraisal less frequently, which was associated with increased negative emotion experience, which in turn was related to greater levels of maladaptive behavior. By decreasing negative emotions, treatments targeting adaptive emotion regulation may therefore reduce maladaptive behaviors in individuals with ASD.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior Problems, Emotional Experience, Emotional Response, Parents, Questionnaires
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