ERIC Number: EJ1160213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
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Are Generalized Anxiety and Depression Symptoms Associated with Social Competence in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Johnston, Krista Haley Smith; Iarocci, Grace
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n12 p3778-3788 Dec 2017
Generalized anxiety and depression symptoms may be associated with poorer social outcomes among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) without intellectual disability. The goal of this study was to examine whether generalized anxiety and depression symptoms were associated with social competence after accounting for IQ, age, and gender in typically developing children and in children with ASD. Results indicated that for the TD group, generalized anxiety and depression accounted for 38% of the variance in social competence and for children with ASD, they accounted for 29% of the variance in social competence. However, only depression accounted for a significant amount of the variance. The findings underscore the importance of assessing the social impact of internalizing symptoms in children with ASD.
Descriptors: Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Interpersonal Competence, Intelligence Quotient, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Comparative Analysis
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