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ERIC Number: EJ916952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Analysis of Heart Rate and Self-Injury with and without Restraint in an Individual with Autism
Jennett, Heather; Hagopian, Louis P.; Beaulieu, Lauren
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v5 n3 p1110-1118 Jul-Sep 2011
The relation between self-injury and heart rate was analyzed for an individual who appeared anxious while engaging in self-injury. The analysis involved manipulating the presence or absence of restraint while simultaneously measuring heart rate. The following findings were obtained and replicated: (a) when some form of restraint was applied, heart rate was typically within or close to the range of resting heart rate; (b) when restraint was removed or signaled to be removed, heart rate increased dramatically within a short time period; and (c) when restraint was re-applied, heart rate decreased and eventually returned to resting range within a couple of minutes. Recommendations for the assessment of anxiety in individuals with limited verbal skills are discussed. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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