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ERIC Number: EJ1088294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Depression in Adolescents with ASD: A Pilot RCT of a Group Intervention
Santomauro, Damian; Sheffield, Jeanie; Sofronoff, Kate
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n2 p572-588 Feb 2016
Depression is a potentially life threatening affective disorder that is highly prevalent in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a cognitive behavioural intervention for depression in adolescents with ASD. Participants were randomly assigned to the intervention group, or wait-list control group. Although recruitment was extremely difficult, attendance was favourable and attrition was low, and participants reported being satisfied with the programme. No significant treatment effect was revealed on the Beck Depression Inventory or Emotion Regulation Questionnaire. However despite the small sample size (n = 20), there was a trending treatment effect measured by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale: Depression Subscale. Limitations and areas of future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Depression Inventory