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ERIC Number: EJ1160215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
School Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Targeting Anxiety in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Quasi-Experimental Randomised Controlled Trail Incorporating a Mixed Methods Approach
Clarke, Chris; Hill, Vivian; Charman, Tony
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n12 p3883-3895 Dec 2017
Children with a diagnosis of autism are more likely to experience anxiety than their typically developing peers. Research suggests that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) could offer a way to help children with autism manage their anxiety but most evidence is based on clinical trials. This study investigated a school-based CBT programme using a quasi-experimental design incorporating the child and parent versions of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (Spence, "J Abnorm Psy" 106(2):280-297, 1997) and the Coping Scale for Children and Youth (Brodzinsky et al., "J Appl Dev Psychol" 13:195-214, 1992). Interview data was incorporated to help understand the process of change further. Children in the experimental condition had lower levels of anxiety, maintained at follow-up and changes were found in coping behaviours such as lower behavioural avoidance strategies but increased problem solving strategies at follow-up. Limitations of the research together with future directions are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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